Protection International is calling for candidates to apply for the position of Protection Officer for Indonesia. Job Title: Protection Officer Location: The position is based in Jakarta with frequent (in-country) travels Starting Date: November/December 2014 About Protection International: Protection International (PI) is an international, non-profit organization based in Brussels that brings protection strategies and security management tools to human rights defenders at risk. Since 2004, Protection International has been [...]
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We are recruiting an Officer to design a Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation System (PM&E System). Protection International (PI) is an International NGO that contributes to the improvement of the protection of human rights defenders throughout the world. PI provides tools to develop defender’s capacity to manage their own security as they struggle against impunity and work in favour of human rights and democracy in their respective countries or regions. PI [...]
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In today’s globalised, super-interconnected 2.0 world, information flows in all directions – whether we like it or not. We exchange information daily via telephone, E-mail, text message, Skype, facebook, pictogram, linkedIn… the list goes on. Yet just as communication platforms have increased exponentially, so has access to information (personal or public). Indeed, information exchange today is not just a two-way conversation between sender and receiver, but instead an open conversation [...]
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In cooperation with Protection International, the Kenya Media Working Group has published a Protocol on the Safety and Protection of Journalists in Kenya. This safety manual, published in both English and Swahili, contains essential guidelines towards ensuring the general safety and security of journalists. It aims to provide journalists and media houses with tips and tools that may be useful for improving their protection and security. Journalists’ investigations often reveal [...]
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On 16 May 2014, human rights defender Joel Ogada has been sentenced to seven years imprisonment for a conviction of arson. The human rights defender has faced multiple charges in several court cases. He denies all charges. Joel Ogada is a farmer in the Marereni area, Kilifi County at the Kenyan coast. Since the investment of the salt companies in the Marereni area, community members have faced numerous human rights [...]
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                                   Protection International and the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute at University Deusto signed a collaboration agreement last Friday in Bilbao to enhance students’ practical and applied research projects in humanitarian action. September 19th, 2014. Bilbao, Spain – Since twenty years, the University of Deusto has offered study programmes aimed at training experts in humanitarian [...]
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NGOs call upon UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the EU for more active role 4 September 2014. Bangkok, Thailand- 10 Human rights organisations have signed a joint statement calling for action of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the European Union and the National Human Rights Organisation. They call upon the different organisations to adopt a more active role in the community-based dispute between the Khon Rak [...]
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Background Protection International aisbl (PI) is an International NGO based in Brussels which aims at contributing to the improvement of the protection of human rights defenders throughout the world, through developing their capacity to manage their own security as they struggle against impunity and develop their activities in favour of a sustainable peace and justice in their respective countries or regions. PI seeks to contribute to a situation where human [...]
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25th August, 2014. Brussels, Belgium – Last week Protection International had the pleasure of welcoming Roger Muchuba from its new liaison office in Kinshasa of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Since May 2014, Roger has been researching primary factors influencing protection of human rights defenders as well as a related law initiative in the DRC, and spent last Thursday and Friday August 21-22 meeting with high-level officials and organisations [...]
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It was the last meeting of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, with civil society actors that engage with human rights bodies in Geneva. Pillay, whose tenure as the highest UN authority on human rights concludes at the end of August, wanted to exchange one last time with the NGO community in Geneva on various human rights issues and country situations, in particular the space reserved for civil [...]
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Protection International announces its Fall edition of its online training course entitled “Security and protection management for human rights defenders and social organizations.” The duration of the course is 60 hours over 12 weeks (approximately 5 hours per week) from 29 Sept-21 Dec 2014. Summary Designed for: NGOs, social organisations and individuals. Duration: 60 hours over  12 weeks (approximately 5 hours per week) Online Distance learning course (using Moodle) Hosted by [...]
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Amnesty International UK is liaising with the EU Delegation, EU Member States’ missions and other diplomatic posts in Kabul, Afghanistan to encourage and support the development of a country level plan to support and protect Human Rights Defenders, in particular women HRDs. They are seeking a consultant with expertise in HRDs to work with them in designing and delivering a workshop with EU and other diplomatic officials, to take place [...]
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                            Joint Press Statement:  Protection International and CEJIL commend efforts made to pass a law in consultation with civil society that protects human rights defenders (HRDs), journalists and justice operators in Honduras. August 5th, 2014. Tegucigalpa, Honduras – The lives of human rights defenders, as well as journalists and justice operators, are gravely at risk in Honduras. Both the [...]
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August 9th, 2014. Loei, Thailand - After months of rising tension and serious security threats, some 33 villagers from communities of Thailand’s Loei province are now facing potential judicial action in 7 lawsuits filed by gold mining operator Thung Kham Limited Company (TKL). On July 29th, a Loei court accepted the lawsuits and decided to proceed with initial hearings of the 7 civil lawsuits filed by TKL against the villagers. [...]
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August 8th, 2014. Loei Province, Thailand – Despite increasing pressure from military occupation and serious security threats, the community-lead group Khon Rak Ban Kerd (KBRK) continues to seek justice for damage caused by gold mining operations of the company Thung Kham Limited (TKL) in Thailand’s Loei province. Military not working in the interest of the community Last June, The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) deployed about 120 soldiers [...]
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Amsterdam Gay Pride is in full swing this week and weekend, and Protection International happily celebrates along with the thousands of AGP participants in their commitment to the emancipation, social, legal and social equality and acceptance of LGBTI people. Still, as we walk loud and proud in the canals of Amsterdam, LGBTI individuals in many parts of the world still live in fear and even grave danger for going against societal [...]
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“In the historical context of a legacy of poverty, underdevelopment and citizen insecurity, the military coup of 2009 further exacerbated the situation in the country and has negatively impacted Honduran society as a whole” -Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo as she finalized her country mission to Honduras.     Tegucigalpa, July 11, 2014 — Honduras, often dubbed one of the world’s most violent countries, was visited by the United Nations Special [...]
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Under rising tensions and increased security concerns, a public hearing was held last Friday 18 July in Loei province, North Eastern Thailand to collect testimonies and demands from members across 6 villages badly affected by gold mining operations of the company Thung Kam Co Ltd. Held by the community-lead group Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK), the hearing aimed at focusing efforts towards a resolution in spite of an recent armed attack of [...]
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With a population of around 250 million characterized by high ethnic and religious diversity, Indonesia has been facing the difficult challenge of maintaining peaceful and harmonious co-existence between followers of different faiths. In some instances, religious minority communities have been chased away from their homes. After a conflict with an anti-Shiite group in August 2012, Syafii (not his real name), a Shiite Muslim student, was forced to flee his village [...]
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The Khon Rak Ban Kerd [KRBK] group is made of villagers from 6 villages affected by the gold mining operations by the company Thung Kam Co Ltd in Loei province, in North Eastern Thailand. The KRBK group strives to protect the environment and to defend natural resources against exploitation by unethical investors who have no respect for the wellbeing of the local people and community, environment, public health and human [...]
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The undersigned organisations working with and for human rights defenders (HRDs) welcome the adoption by the Council of the European Union (EU) of the 23 June 2014 Conclusions on the 10th Anniversary of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. We express satisfaction with the renewed commitment of the EU and its Member States to the implementation of the Guidelines. In particular, we welcome the call for improved support to [...]
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Loei, North Eastern Thailand: On 19 June a delegation of diplomats from the European Union (EU) accompanied by Protection International’s Protection Desk-Thailand travelled  to Nanongbong village in Wangsaphung, to meet the community-based  human rights defenders group Khon Rak Ban Koed.  The Khon Rak Ban Koed Group works with communities in six villages, including Nanongbong, in North Eastern Thailand  to protect the environment from the negative effects of mining and to [...]
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BRUSSELS,  18 June – Ten years ago,  on 14 June 2004, the Council of the European Union adopted Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders to  improve support and protection given by the European Union (EU) to human rights defenders in non-EU countries.    The 10th anniversary of the Guidelines was celebrated yesterday in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU with an event organised by Protection International, Front [...]
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Brussels, 17 June 2014 – Today, at a seminar held at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels, Front Line Defenders, Peace Brigades International, Protection International, the International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Union (EU) Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders .   The purpose of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders is to [...]
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Protection International (PI) is seeking to recruit a Protection Officer in Thailand. PI is an international non-profit organization researching strategies and security management tools that protect human rights defenders and sharing its expertise in this area with people at risk for their human rights work all around the world. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts [...]
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Protection Desk-Thailand (PD-Thailand) was invited to brief European Union diplomats on the situation of human rights defenders at risk in Loei province in North Eastern Thailand, where local communities and their leaders work to protect the environment and their health from the negative effects of mining and to uphold their community’s agricultural practices.   In Loei violence has escalated against local communities and has reached a dangerous threshold.  The local [...]
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When the Suharto regime was toppled by the student movement and the effects of the 1997 Asian economic crisis, Indonesia entered an era of democratic transition, known as the Reformation (reformasi). Transition has not always gone smoothly and former rulers from the so-called New Order regime under Suharto, many of whom responsible for gross human rights violations, remain influential actors in Indonesia’s political landscape. Some have formed political parties to [...]
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  30 June 2014 – 4 July 2014, Bilbao, Spain Co-directed by Cristina Churruca Muguruza (Human Rights Institute – University of Deusto) and Enrique Eguren (Protection  International)   WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT? The protection of affected populations in situations of crisis, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters, has become a main element of humanitarian action. Humanitarian agencies have developed policies, manuals and guidelines in protection. However, its operationalization remains a challenge [...]
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  The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Forum 2014 takes place between the 
12-14 May in Brussels. This annual event brings together CSOs that are beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries of the Instrument. It is an opportunity to review their experiences and to look at lessons learnt and best practices to improve the EIDHR support for them. This year’s edition, ‘Protecting Those Who Protect’, focuses on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs). Mauricio Angel [...]
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On May 8th, 2014, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the appointment of Michel Forst as the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. Protection International warmly welcomes the appointment of Mr Forst as the new United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. PI Board President, Enrique Eguren added: “Mr Forst’s extensive experience in human rights work, as a defender himself, is one of [...]
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     During the 60 minutes of “Drops that crack the rock”, the audience is taken through the various emblematic cases of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective, from the enforced disappeared, to the executions, tortures during the 1985 Palace of Justice Siege events and the DAS (“Colombian ex-intelligence secret services”) criminal drift during the Uribe Vélez administration, discovering cases such as the murder of Senator Manuel Cepeda Vargas in [...]
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Protection International has been working with the Malandi Human Rights Forum (MRF) since 2010. The objective of this partnership has been to contribute towards a safer working environment. The partnership has used various approaches, all designed to build capacity and help MRF members understand the risks resulting from their working environment and how to adopt a range of mitigating measures. When PI started working with the MRF in 2010, the organization [...]
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Burundi: The National Independent Human Rights Commission (CNIDH) invited Protection International to a roundtable to discuss the issues affecting HRDs in the country and to analyse the contents of a draft public law to protect HRDs, prepared by the CNIDH. Protection International contributed by sharing its expertise in the following areas: • providing details of similar legislative processes in Latin America, where some public policies on the protection for HRDs have [...]
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Brussels, 26 March 2014  – Protection International (PI) was invited by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) EU office in Brussels to deliver a workshop on a Protection and Security Management for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) Defending Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Rights in Africa. The session aimed to share PI’s long-standing experience on security and protection with a selected group of LGBTI defenders from Africa.     Delivered by [...]
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    Ahead of the EU-Mexico Human Rights Dialogue, which took place in Brussels on the 18th of March, Protection International together with PBI (Peace Brigades International), CIFCA (Iniciativa de Copenhague para Centroamérica y México) and Front Line Defenders submitted a joint briefing, reporting that HRDs in Mexico continue to suffer attacks, threats, harassment and murders. The four signatory organizations have identified deficiencies in the implementation of the National Protection [...]
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As International NGO´s and Networks we urge that the Colombian authorities order that David Ravelo be released immediately. On 11th of February last year, the follow up of the demand for annulment of the judicial process against the human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, member  of the  Regional Corporation  for  the  Defense of Human Rights in Magdalena Medio (CREDHOS), from the city of Barrancabermeja, was filed before the High Court  [...]
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To mark International Women’s Day, Protection International pays tribute to women around the world fighting to defend their rights and the rights of their communities to achieve a more just future. We are proud of the women struggling peacefully to highlight and combat violence, the crimes committed during armed conflict, sexual violence, impunity and LGBTI rights. Struggling to defend their culture, their identity, their territory – they are women organised [...]
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This video by Human Rights Watch shows the extremely violent attacks religious minority groups in Indonesia have suffered in the past few years and comments on the conditions enabling this violence. You are able to watch this imagery only because somebody took the risk to document it. People who shoot footage for clips such as this one, are at serious risk of being attacked themselves. Taking risks makes these ordinary people [...]
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“Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last [...]
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Today, February 11th,  is “The Day We Fight Back”, when Internet users around the world will stand together for our digital freedoms, in the face of government spying digging deeper into our lives than we ever could have imagined. Protection International supports “The Day We Fight Back” – a day of online protest against mass surveillance on the Internet, the invasion of our privacy and the erosion of accountability. Because [...]
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  Protection International had the honor to participate in the World Human Rights Forum (WFHR) celebrated in Brasilia from 10th to 13th December 2013. The EU delegation in Brazil and the Human Rights Secretariat  of the Republic of Brazil have invited us to make a presentation revolved around the subject of the seminar: “Comparative experiences for the protection of human rights defenders at the international level”. The seminar was chaired [...]
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As a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), Protection International fully endorses the “European elections campaign: Stand 4 Human Rights”, encouraging MEPs to pledge their commitment for human rights ahead of the 2014 European Parliament elections. The HRDN comprises 47 NGOs operating at the EU level in the areas of human rights and democracy and peace building   Protection International is one of the 47 members that [...]
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Brussels, Tuesday, 10 December 2013. On International Human Rights’ Day, civil society networks Alop, Cifca, Grupo Sur, Oidhaco and Protection International urge the EU to make the respect of human rights the guiding principle in its trade relations with Latin America. The European Parliament ratified trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and Central America in December 2012. This caused deep concern in civil society because of the asymmetries between both regions, [...]
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“Members of the Malindi Rights Forum (in Malindi community, north of Mombasa, Kenya ) shared their experiences of resistance in  defending  their territory and we talked about similar experiences in Colombia, Guatemala and Thailand. We observed that aggression patterns, victims and non-state perpetrators (such as private companies)  are similar across continents. An old man, surprised at our stories, wondered  ‘”So, if we are fighting against the same patterns, how can [...]
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Today, 6th December  2013, marks 25 years since Peace Brigades International – The Netherlands, was established to support human rights defenders around the world. Protection International would like to congratulate them on this important anniversary and encourage them to carry on with the very important work they have been doing during all these years. Protection International has storong historical links with Peace Brigades Intenational. Our founding members worked with the [...]
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  Brussels, 11 December 2013. On 5 and 6 December 2013, the European Union held the 15th EU-NGO forum on Human Rights in Brussels. The event addressed the overarching theme of “accountability” regarding two interrelated topics: 1) the fight against impunity; and 2) accountability for economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) violations. Protection International (PI) is proud to have supported the EU in organising the roundtable on “National public policies [...]
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Today, 29th November, marks the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. A landmark UN resolution on protecting WHRDs, passed this week, urges States to put in place gender-specific laws and policies for the protection of WHRDs and to ensure that defenders themselves be involved in the design and implementation of these measures. UN member states should take the necessary steps to promptly implement this resolution, so [...]
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This new online resource, “East Africa Journalists in Exile“, has been designed to support displaced and exiled journalists, helping them to cope with the many challenges associated with exile. The main goal of this resource is to help them improve their situation with practical information and advice tailored to their needs. Protection International was invited to take part in this project and contributed towards it with a set of Security [...]
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Washington DC, Wednesday 29th October 2013. The State of Honduras fails to comply with the implementation of protection measures for human rights defenders (HRD) at risk. For this reason, last Monday 28th October, state representatives appeared in a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Washington D.C. This hearing was requested by the Centre for Human Rights Research and Promotion (CIPRODEH), the Committee of the Families of [...]
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Defending territory is one activity that generates risk for human rights defenders in Colombia; during 2013 alone, 37 human rights defenders were murdered, and at least 30% of these deaths related to land restitution. The majority of these assassinations are the responsibility of paramilitary groups, now named the “anti-land restitution army”, which operate in areas of high strategic value to the development of economic mega projects. The peasant community of [...]
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