"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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Twenty five international volunteers accompanied members of 23 organisations and 3 individual 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.
Ten international volunteers accompanied members of 13 organisations and 2 individual 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.
Six international volunteers accompanied members of 4 organisations and 3 individual 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.
Four international volunteers accompanied members of 6 grassroots organisations in the urban settlements of Nairobi and in the Mt. Kenya region. These included attending court cases, community forums and police stations. PBI Kenya also provided capacity building, advocacy and support for vulnerable groups of HRDs, including (but not limited to) Women HRDs, Exiled HRDs, Grassroots HRDs and land rights activists. Volunteers are based in Nairobi.
Ten international volunteers accompanied members of 14 organisations working on disappearance, impunity, women’s rights, 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 with a coordination office in Mexico City
Two international members of staff worked on PBI's project in partnership with the Indonesian human rights organisation ELSAM. Eighteen Papuan defenders were supported through intensive, four-month training programmes in Jakarta in 2016
One international staff member, based in Kathmandu, worked on NepalMonitor.org, a protection and conflict prevention initiative mapping security and human rights incidents across Nepal. In 2016, Nepal Monitor mapped 3,086 security and human rights incidents.