What makes PBI unique are the close, long-term connections we build with human rights defenders in situations of conflict and repression.

Our field volunteers show solidarity with human rights defenders, providing protection and moral support that allow them to continue their vital work and protect the more vulnerable members of their communities. The inspirational stories of the people we accompany, and their own testimonies regarding the difference PBI's presence has made to their lives, are our constant motivation.

Hear the accounts of Latin American human rights defenders in their own words or find out about some of the Kenyan human rights defenders bringing the fight to Coronavirus below.


Rahma with UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial Executions Agnes Callamard, February 2020 (photo by Manu Valcarce)  

PBI field volunteers come from all walks of life, but are united by their commitment to the pursuit of justice and non-violent social change.

Read the reflections of British field volunteers on the challenges of life in a PBI team, and the unique experience of working alongside at-risk defenders.