"For the 15 years that we have had PBI accompaniment, we have been able to …become more respected in judicial and other spheres of our activity, a very important prevention mechanism. I believe that PBI's presence and accompaniment in Colombia has saved many lives and prevented many attacks against human rights defenders, especially human rights lawyers"
Jose Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collectve (CCAJAR), Colombia
Since 1981, Peace Brigades International has worked in thirteen countries on five continents. On request, our projects and country group have provided protection, recognition and support to human rights defenders working in areas or repression and conflict.
The work of Projects integrated with the work of Country Groups focuses on:
- physical presence of our volunteers alongside human rights defenders
- dialogue with government authorities and armed forces
- advocacy and outreach work with the international community
- building and activating emergency support networks to prevent or respond to human rights abuses
- raising the profile nationally and internationally of the organisations we accompany
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In 2015, 16 international volunteers accompanied 88 defenders working on a range of issues such as human rights violations due to economic interests and enforced disappearances. Volunteers are based in Bogotá, Barrancabermeja and Apartadó.
In 2015, eight international volunteers accompanied 82 defenders working on the environment and land rights, impunity and globalisation. Volunteers are based in Guatemala City and travel to other areas of the country.
In 2015, five international volunteers accompanied 24 defenders working on business and human rights, land rights, indigenous rights, freedom of expression, support for victims, women’s rights and LGBTI rights. Volunteers are based in Tegucigalpa.
In 2015, three international volunteers carried out around 70 accompaniments with 15 grassroots defenders in the informal settlements of Nairobi. These included attending court cases, community forums and police stations. Volunteers are based in Nairobi.
In 2015, ten international volunteers accompanied 100 defenders working on forceful disappearances, impunity, indigenous rights and environmental protection. Volunteers are based in two field teams in the north and south of Mexico; covering the states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Oaxaca and Guerrero and a coordination office in Mexico City.
Two international staff worked on PBI’s new project in partnership with the Indonesian human rights organisation ELSAM. Twelve Papuan defenders were supported through intensive, four-month training programmes in Jakarta in 2015.
NepalMonitor.org was officially launched as a COCAP protection and conflict prevention initiative, supported by PBI in February 2015. Since the end of 2014, 3,342 reports about security and human rights incidents have been mapped in total. One international volunteer, based in Kathmandu, works on this project.