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Awards for PBI

Manon Schick accepts the Martin Ennals award on behalf of PBI. Photo: PBI

 

 

December 2007
Kevin Freedman, a recently returned PBI Indonesia Project Volunteer, won the 2007 Winnipeg, Canada YMCA-YWCA Peace Medal. The YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg marks YMCA World Peace Week by engaging people of all ages in exploring peace and integrating peace building activities into in their personal lives.

As a volunteer with PBI, Kevin's work accompanying human rights defenders in Papua is best summed up by one person he helped: "I am very happy with the accompaniment from PBI and so is my family. I feel supported and safer, and the people in Manokwari know that LP3BH (Legal Aid NGO) is not alone." (Yan Christian Warinussy, 2006 Winner of the John Humphrey Award)

 

December 2006
International Service Human Rights Award for the defence of Human Rights of Women was awarded jointly to Dominga Vasquez (the first indigenous woman mayor of Solola, Guatemala) and Helen Woodcock, a PBI volunteer from the UK. Dominga had received multiple death threats because of her work in promoting the rights of women and indigenous people. She was accompanied by the PBI Guatemala team including Helen.

March 2001
The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders was awarded to PBI for providing unarmed protection to human rights defenders under threat.

The Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders (MEA) was created in 1993 and is granted annually to an individual or an organization who has displayed exceptional courage in combatting human rights violations. The award of 20,000 Swiss Francs is given to further the work of human rights activists.

February 2001
2001 Nobel Peace Prize nomination from the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). In the nomination letter, AFSC highlighted Peace Brigades International's mission statement, which states: "PBI has for more than twenty years worked to open a space for peace in which conflicts can be addressed in a nonviolent way. PBI applies a strategy of international presence and concern that supports local initiatives and contributes to developing a culture of peace and justice"

December 1999
Human Rights Prize awarded by the town of Weimar, Germany to long-time PBI activist Heike Kammer for her work as a volunteer on PBI teams in Colombia, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Every year since 1995 local people in Weimar have nominated an individual, group or organisation to receive a human rights prize in "remembrance of the historical responsibility of Weimar and as a symbol of the nameless victims of dictatorships and despotic rulers around the world." After the nomination process the presentation committee made up of representatives of Amnesty International, Terre des Hommes, UNHCR, and the Society for Endangered Peoples makes the final decision on who should receive the award for "commitment to human rights in spite of state or state-sanctioned violence or persecution."

September 1999
Aachener International Peace Prize awarded by the Aquisgran Foundation in Germany for the "exemplary work of PBI volunteers in Colombia."

March 1999
Citation from the Guatemalan Congress in recognition of the contribution PBI made to the peace process in Guatemala.

1999
Seivershausen Peace Prize awarded by a German anti-war centre in recognition of the peace education work of the PBI Haiti Project.

1999
Medalla Comemorativa de la Paz, awarded by the Rigoberta Menchú Túm Foundation for PBI's contribution to promoting the peace to which the foundation and its founder (Rigoberta Menchú, 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner) are dedicated.

1996
Pfeffer International Peace Prize awarded by Fellowship of Reconciliation (USA) to PBI for two decades of service to human rights workers, indigenous peoples, refugees and others through the provision of life-saving accompaniment programmes. The Prize commemorates the work of Leo Pfeffer, a distinguished jurist and theoretician on the separation of church and state and religious freedom. The prize honours individuals and organisations working non-violently for social change.

December 1995
Memorial de la Paz y la Solidaridad entre los Pueblos awarded by Fundacion Servicio Paz y Justicia (SERPAJ - Argentina) in recognition for PBI's solidarity with those committed to building peace with justice in Colombia and Guatemala.

1995
Friedrich Siegmund Schultz Peace Prize awarded in Germany by the Protestant Community of Conscientious Objectors in recognition of PBI's work on non-violent intervention to support civilians in areas of conflict.

1989
Memorial Per La Pau "Josep Vidal I Llecha." A Catalan peace prize awarded to PBI for the promotion of nonviolent action, dialog, and commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution especially in Central America.

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"International accompaniment is very important, because powerful interests will think twice before trying to attack us. There are always people on the street corners spying on us to watch our movements. When they see that internationals are entering our offices, this helps us tremendously. "
Aura Elena Farfán, Guatemalan Families of the Disappeared, Guatemala City (Guatemala)

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We invite you to watch the documentary film "30 years accompanying hope" (in Spanish) made by the PBI Guatemala Project as part of the activities carried out to celebrate 30 years since PBI arrived in the country. A "Photo Exhibition" complements the film.

Mexican Human Rights Defenders explain what PBI accompaniment has meant to them.
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