Toolkit for Latin American Women Human Rights Defenders working on Land and Environmental Issues

In 2015 PBI UK produced a toolkit which is intended as an easy, accessible guide to on-line resources for Latin American WHRDs. It is particularly aimed at those working on land and environmental rights, in recognition of the particular threats they can face - confronting powerful economic interests while often working in isolated rural areas. We are currently working with our pro bono partners to update the toolkit and make it fit for purpose in the 2020s. Please email us on if you want to access it or have any questions.

The Sir Henry Brooke Awards 2019

Last Thursday, PBI UK and the Alliance for Lawyers at Risk announced the winners of the second Sir Henry Brooke Awards for Human Rights Defenders.

Murder of Honduran Trans Activist Bessy Ferrera

In the early hours of the 7th of July 2019, the trans activist and sex worker Bessy Ferrera, was shot dead. Bessy was a member of LGBTQI+ organisation ArcoIris and a focal point within the “Rights Here and Now” Platform.

Bessy Ferrera was a transgender and sex rights defender and member of Arcoíris, an organisation that provides support to LGBTI+ persons who are victims of violence, works on awareness initiatives, promotes HIV prevention programmes, and lobbies the Honduran government to advance LGBTI+ rights in the country.

Pride Month 2019 – Celebrating the work of LGBTI Human Rights Defenders in Honduras

As pride month reaches its culmination, LGBTI people across the world are participating in marches and events proudly showing they exist and are part of our communities. In many countries, however, LGBTI people are still discriminated against and human rights defenders working so that LGBTI people can enjoy their fundamental rights face threats, attacks and criminalisation.

Donny Reyes, Honduras

Donny Reyes is Coordinator of the Arco Iris (Rainbow) Association of Honduras. Founded in 2003, Arco Iris is committed to empowering and informing the LGBTI community from Comayagüela and Tegucigalpa on issues of holistic health, the defence and promotion of human rights related to sexual diversity, advocacy, research and outreach.

Naomi Barasa, Kenya

Born in an informal settlement on the outskirts of Nairobi, Naomi Barasa was a close witness to street violence, police brutality, impunity and the overwhelming inequality of the slums. Her journey as a human rights defender has embedded her in the struggle to improve living conditions for Nairobi’s 2.5 million slum dwellers. Naomi was instrumental in the campaign that led to the passage of the Sexual Offences Act in 2006, and has acted as Campaigns Manager for the Right to Adequate Housing with Amnesty International since 2009.


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