July 24, 2014
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Our volunteers accompany human rights defenders in conflict areas

PBI has been promoting nonviolence and protecting human rights since 1981.

PBI's volunteers embody international concern for human rights on the ground.

PBI has protected the lives of hundreds of activists: our accompaniment creates space for local activists to work.

Field projects

PBI protects human rights defenders in:


Providing objective, accurate information is vital to ensuring the effectiveness of our work locally, nationally and internationally.

Country Groups

The work of PBI’s 16 country groups in Europe, the Americas and Australia is integral to the effectiveness of our protection of human rights defenders.

Find out more about Country Groups and how you can get involved locally.

People we protect

From peace communities  in Colombia, to indigenous organisations  in Guatemala,  and  lawyers in Mexico, we accompany a wide range of threatened activists. Learn about their courageous struggles for human rights against heavy odds.

Bearing Witness - a short film about PBI

This five minute film produced by Alan Ereira for PBI UK is an excellent short introduction to the work of PBI and how protective acompaniment works to protect human rights defenders who are threatened with violence. Watch the video.

Make a difference

Help us protect more human rights defenders this year.

News from PBI

What they say

"PBI makes us brave, which is very important for our job. Sometimes we have to go to dangerous places, and the existence of PBI makes us more secure in this sort of travel. PBI really helps us to make a space so we can travel and do our job in defending people without fear."
Afridal, Director, LBH Banda Aceh

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PBI resources

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.

Starting all over again, PBI accompanies farming families returning to their lands, Cesar, Colombia


International Office, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT, U.K. Tel: +44 20 7065 0775
To find your nearest PBI office visit the international contact page