To mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, PBI is championing the nomination of the global community of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) for the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize. The nomination was made by Ann Clwyd MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group, at the request of PBI UK.
Sophia Kerridge on being a Trustee at PBI UK:
"I became a Trustee at PBI in the autumn of 2015. I was already familiar with the work of PBI because I had worked in the Colombia field team between 2012 and 2014.
PBI UK and Simmons & Simmons launch toolbox for defenders working on business and human rights
June 2018 - This week marks the launch of an innovative new resource for defenders working on issues regarding business and human rights. It was produced by law firm Simmons & Simmons in collaboration with PBI UK.
I first heard about PBI when I went for coffee with a colleague who had offered to give me career advice. Navigating a career in human rights can be difficult and knowing where to look for opportunities can be one of the most challenging aspects. My colleague had herself previously volunteered with PBI and she felt it would be a good match for me.
Former PBI Volunteers Share their Experiences at First Meeting of PBI Alumni Network
Tense encounters with paramilitaries in the Colombian jungle, 10-hour meetings, exhumations and festivities in remote Guatemalan villages, the stresses and joys of communal life, emergency evacuations of threatened human rights defenders, the meaning of solidarity, and a constant emotion
“Everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”
- UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders
International accompaniment for relatives of disappeared people, who face indifference or hostile reactions towards their struggle for justice, strengthens their process of empowerment and their capacity for resilience.
“I don't think we need a magic wand. We need to exert pressure, we need to exercise citizenship, and with this we will succeed." - Dina Meza. Journalist. Honduras
While human rights defenders make invaluable contributions to upholding justice and the rule of law, these ‘Invisible Mandelas’ often do not receive the global recognition they deserve and require for their safety. Building the visibility, credibility, and legitimacy of defenders is crucial in reducing the risks they face, and allowing them to continue their vital work.
International Women’s Day celebrates women’s achievements in the political and social spheres, while also serving as a reminder that the fight for true gender equality is still far from over. Every day, PBI witnesses the actions and impacts of courageous women who take a stance against injustice and the violation of their rights.