Marguerite Barankitse from Maison Shalom and REMA Hospital in Burundi was named as the inaugural Laureate of the $1 million Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. Her amazing work saving thousands of orphans and refugees during the years of civil war in Burundi was recognized on April 24th in Yerevan as she was handed the prize by the Selection Committee Co-Chair George Clooney. “Our values are human values. When you have [...]
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  ” […] Today, we say that Berta hasn’t died. The murderers were wrong. She lives.” Bertha Zúñiga   A demonstration was held on April 20th in front of the Honduran embassy in Brussels in order to call justice for the murders of world-renowned activist and Goldman Environmental Prize winner Berta Cáceres - leader of Lenca Indigenous group COPINH – and her colleague Nelson Garcia but also to put an end to [...]
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This week two human rights and environmental defenders from COPINH (Civic Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) will be visiting Brussels. Afterwards the Indigenous Lenca activists will tour five European countries to demand justice for the murder of their leader Berta Cáceres, call on involved European companies to withdraw indefinitely from the Agua Zarca Dam project, and call on the EU to take action in support of human [...]
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The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has released a statement concerning the protection of the right to freedom of expression and assembly in Indonesia. Over the past two months vigilante groups have forcibly dispersed groups at peaceful events, countered only with an indifference by police about protecting these rights of expression. Examples of forced dissolution include a cultural festival organized by human rights activists in Ismail Marzuki park, Jakarta on [...]
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UPDATE: Following the targeted shooting of community-based human rights defender Supoj Karasong, on Friday 8th April 2016, the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT) has taken measures to care for Supoj Karasang, as well as to lobby relevant authorities to take action to investigate on the attack and provide protection for Khlong Sai Pattana community and SPFT leaders. Mr. Supoj, at the time of writing, is convalescing in Surat Thani [...]
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The Loei Provincial Court dismissed charges against 6 community-based human rights defenders of Khon Rak Ban Koed (KRBK) for a civil lawsuit that was filed by Tungkum mining company in 2015. Members of KRBK had hung a banner in front of the village gate that read “This Village Doesn’t Want Mining” which the mining company felt negatively affected their reputation. The company was seeking the KRBK members pay 50,000,000 Baht [...]
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The UN Human Rights Council has recognized the major role of the defenders of economic, social and cultural rights. It was acknowledged that defending such things as land rights puts these individuals and communities at high-risk. This news comes at a very important time after land and environmental rights activists Berta Cáceres and Nelson García were assassinated in Honduras this month. It is not uncommon for states to negotiate land [...]
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We are pleased to announce the opening of the registration for the online course “Security and protection management for human rights defenders and social organisations” mainly addressed to NGOs, social organizations and persons interested in the security work for HRD, their organizations and/or communities.   Why take this course? Education and training for Human Rights Defenders is a broad subject with different needs. One such need, which we consider to [...]
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Land and environmental rights defenders in Thailand are struggling to make their voice heard, particularly since the 2014 coup d’état. Since then, the shrinking space to address their concerns has been drastically compromised. Human right defenders (HRDs) in Thailand have been systematically crimininalised, prosecuted and even killed for their human rights and environmental work. In 2015, FORUM-ASIA documented “14 cases of violations against HRDs working on land rights and natural resources“. [...]
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Protection International alongside representatives from the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), CIVICUS and CSOLifeline, met with UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, on the margins of the 31st session of the Human Rights Council, to discuss the deteriorating human rights situation and the threats faced by human rights defenders in Burundi. Human rights defender Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, President of APRODH, addressed [...]
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Berta Cáceres, co-founder of the Council of Indigenous Peoples of Honduras (Copinh) and winner of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was murdered at her home, barely a week after she was threatened for opposing the hydroelectric project “Agua Zarca” led by the company DESA in Gualcarque river. According to COPINH, Berta did not receive the protection the CIDH had asked for, from the government side. Therefore, Protection International calls the international community [...]
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On Friday 4, 2016 at the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, President of APRODH read a statement urging the Humans Right Council to take measure to protect human rights defenders in Burundi. Joint statement by EHAHRDP, CIVICUS and Protection International for  the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders and the Special Advisor of the Secretary General on the Prevention of Genocide  Read [...]
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In Thailand on 24 February 2016, 70 villagers travelled to the Loei Provincial Court house to show their support for the 6 community-based human rights defenders from Khon Rak Ban Kerd (KRBK) involved in a civil lawsuit at the Loei Provincial Court. According to affidavit number PorPan 574/2558 filed by Tungkhum Co. Ltd, the gold-mining company is seeking 50 million Baht ($1,401,912 USD) in a civil defamation lawsuit against the [...]
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Vacancy at Protection International Accountant/Administration (Maternity leave replacement) Protection International is an equal opportunities employer    BACKGROUND 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 [...]
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Vacancy at Protection International: FUNDRAISER 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 [...]
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Le 10 février 2016, le Gouverneur de la province du Sud-Kivu en République démocratique du Congo a promulgué un édit portant protection des défenseurs des droits de l’homme et des journalistes en province du Sud-Kivu. Le vote et l’adoption de l’édit par l’assemblée provinciale du Sud-Kivu, ainsi que sa promulgation par le Gouverneur du Sud-Kivu, constituent une avancée importante dans la mise en place des mécanismes visant à la protection [...]
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On 10 February 2016, the Governor of South Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo promulgated an edict on the protection of human rights defenders and journalists in South Kivu. The vote and adoption of the edict by the Provincial Assembly of South Kivu, as well as the promulgation by the Governor of South Kivu, represent an important step in the establishment of mechanisms to protect human rights defenders, said [...]
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Colombia’s prominent human rights defender, David Ravelo, has now served more than 5 years of his 18 year sentence in Bogota’s La Picota Prison. In September of 2010, Mr. Ravelo was accused of alleged aggravated murder of a civil servant of the Mayor’s office who was assassinated in 1991. While evidence of his innocence out-ways the allegations against him, Mr. Ravelo remains in detainment. There is little integrity in his [...]
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Thailand: End Impunity and Ensure Justice for Community under Attack Protection International calls for action on the first anniversary of the murder of the human right defender Chai Bunthonglek, member of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand. His fight for communal land titles continues despite impunity and several attacks on other peasants’ rights defenders. Protection International Thailand calls for action to support and protect community based human right defenders to: Organise [...]
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Dans le monde entier, les lois pénales et d’autres dispositions juridiques sont utilisées pour attaquer les défenseurs des droits de l’homme (DDH). Le premier rapport global sur la criminalisation des défenseurs des droits humains de Protection International: La Criminalisation des Défenseurs des Droits de L’homme – Catégorisation du phénomène et mesures pour l’affronter (disponible enen français, anglais, et espagnol.) illustre l’interaction entre les instruments juridiques, les contextes socio-politiques, les pratiques des [...]
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All over the world criminal laws and other legal provisions are used to attack human rights defenders (HRDs) to hamper their work in the defence and promotion of human rights. Protection International’s first global report on criminalisation of HRDs: Criminalisation of Human Rights Defenders – Categorisation of the problem and measures in response (available in also in French and Spanish) aims to provide responses to protection challenges for criminalised HRDs, civil [...]
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The Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand – SPFT (Southern Peasant Cooperatives) demands the Government of Thailand to cease the renewal of land concession permits  on state land which has the legal status of natural forest land suitable for farming. This land has been exploited by major palm oil firms for the last 30 years. In their struggle for justice, more than ten human rights defenders, were murdered. The government has not pursued justice in [...]
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Washington D.C. January 11, 2016 – Protection International joined experts, companies, and organizations in more than 35 countries in asking world leaders to support strong encryption and to reject any law, policy, or mandate that would undermine digital security. The letter is now open to public support and is hosted at https://www.SecureTheInternet.org. In France, India, the U.K, China, the U.S., and beyond, governments are considering legislation and other proposals that [...]
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Protection International is currently recruiting a Communications Assistant (Internship) Location: Brussels, Belgium or Home based BACKGROUND 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. [...]
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Protection International (PI) is recruiting a Program Coordinator for its work in Central and South America. PI is an international not-for-profit organization. It researches and develops strategies and tools for the security management of human rights defenders. PI sees human rights defenders (HRD) as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts of the world the defense of human rights evokes pressure, threats [...]
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Joint EHAHRDP, Protection International and CIVICUS Statement on the Special Session of the Human Rights Council on preventing the further deterioration of the human rights situation in Burundi   On 17 December 2015, a Special Session of the Human Rights Council took place to address the deeply concerning deterioration of the human rights situation in Burundi. The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP), Protection International (PI) [...]
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We are pleased to announce the opening of the registration for the online course “Security and protection  management for human rights defenders and social organisations” mainly addressed to NGOs, social organizations and persons interested in the security work for HRD, their organizations and/or communities. Why take this course? Education and training for Human Rights Defenders is a broad subject with different needs. One such need, which we consider to be very [...]
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9 November 2015, Brussels – Protection International, as part of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), is pleased to co-launch today a year-long campaign: Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders. Learn more about this important initiative below, which among its objectives aims for a renewed EU commitment in making the protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) a key priority through a consistent strategy that prioritises the protection of human rights defenders across [...]
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  On  November 9th a group of 11 International NGOs, issued a joint statement to the UN Human Rights Council, calling for a special session of the Council in order to adopt a resolution in response to the rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Burundi.   Despite the efforts made by the international community to monitor and improve the human rights situation in the country, this continues to deteriorate further, [...]
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Protection International  has been informed  that, in the night of 27th October, at the  Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT) member community Khlong Sai Pattana, Chaiburi district, Suratthani province,  40 palm trees have been chopped down and removed from the community area.       The following day, when two community members went to the Chaiburi Police Station to file a police report about the incident – the second of [...]
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Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian Human Rights Refender (HRD), speaks about surviving an assassination attempt and the dangers facing activists in Burundi.   On 3 August 2015, Pierre Claver Mbonimpa was shot in the face and neck as he returned home in his car from the office.  He survived the attack and is currently living abroad.     Pierre Claver Mbonimpa is President of the Association for the Protection [...]
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  New research on human rights defenders protection has just been published in a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights. This special issue features papers from PI’s Board members Alice Nah, Luis Enrique Eguren Fernandez and Champa Patel. This is a second collection of papers to come from the research initiative between Amnesty International, the Centre for Applied Human Rights (University of York) and the Human Rights and [...]
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Overview Protection International (PI), an international human rights non-profit organisation based in Brussels, Belgium, is seeking the services of a web consultant(s) to produce a variety of marketing materials needed to successfully accomplish its mission.   Mission Statement: PI brings protection strategies and security management tools to human rights defenders (HRDs) at risk. PI’s comprehensive protection programmes empower HRDs to manage their protection themselves, make authorities fulfil their duty to [...]
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Between the 13 and the 16 October, nine residents of the Nanongbong village have been heard  in the Loei Provincial  Court on the case against two suspects allegedly behind the 15th May 2014 attack on the Nanongbong village. On that night , around 10.00 p.m., a group of approximately 300 armed men entered Nanongbong village, part of Khon Rak Ban Koed Conservtive Group, and attacked the villagers.     Amongst [...]
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    Today 8th Oct, in a plenary session, MEPs discussed and votes on cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Thailand.   The European Parliament expresses its concern at the “deteriorating human rights situation in Thailand following the illegal coup of May 2014” and urges the Thai authorities to lift repressive restrictions on the right to liberty and the peaceful exercise of other [...]
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On September 29th, it will be launched during the 30th regular session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva the report on the situation of human rights defenders in Mexico, entitled as ‘’In Defence of Life’’, it includes the conclusions of the Mission of International Civil Society Observers -MOC-.   The invitation for the event can be seen here. The Mission, established in November 2014 by a group [...]
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On Monday 21 September 2015 a Malindi court terminated a case in which the Kenyan Human Right Defender (HRD) Joel Ogada had been charged with forcible detainer under section 91 of the Criminal Procedure Code in 2013. The case has not proceeded due to lack of witnesses.   When the matter came up for hearing, the prosecutor indicated he could not proceed and discharged the accused person under section 87 of [...]
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First Regional Meeting of Women from the Network Protection of Magdalena Medio. Since 2013, Protection International and Pensamiento y Acción Social (PAS)—PD COL— have been driving a networking strategy with five rural communities in the region of Magdalena Medio, which are affected by high levels of risk resulting from land tenure disputes. As a part of the networking with these communities, it was held in the city of Barrancabermeja on [...]
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Protection International’s documentary “Protecting the Rainbow” will be shown at the Q! Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, held from 12-20 September 2015. The film will be screened in the festival’s “Mover and Shaker” section, which is a category dedicated to human rights content set up in collaboration with the Human Rights National Commission (HRNC).     The Story   Since 2010, PI’s local Protection Desk Indonesia has partnered with Arus [...]
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  Kenyan Human Rights Defender (HRD) Joel Ogada was finally released on Wednesday 16th September 2015, exactly sixteen (16) months since he was convicted of arson on 16th May, 2014.   Mr. Ogada, a farmer in the Marereni area of Kilifi County, off the Kenyan Coast was sentenced to seven (7) years’ imprisonment. This sentence was reduced to two (2) years (including time served) on March 14 2015 in an Appeal supported by [...]
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Protection International’s documentary “Protecting the Rainbow” will be shown at the Q! Film Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, held from 12-20 September 2015. The film will be screened in the festival’s “Mover and Shaker” section, which is a category dedicated to human rights content set up in collaboration with the Human Rights National Commission (HRNC).   The Story Since 2010, PI’s local Protection Desk Indonesia has partnered with Arus Pelangi, a [...]
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Protection Desk Indonesia (Yayasan Perlindungan Insani Indonesia) is calling for candidates to apply for the position of researcher for Indonesia.   Job Title: Researcher (freelance) Starting Date: As soon as possible   About Protection International: Yayasan Perlindungan Insani Indonesia is based in Jakarta and part of Protection International (PI), an international, non-profit organization based in Brussels that brings protection strategies and security management tools to human rights defenders at risk. [...]
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Protection International is currently recruiting a Advocacy Assistant (Internship) Location: Brussels, Belgium Duration: 6 months   BACKGROUND 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. [...]
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Protection International is currently recruiting a Spanish-English Editorial Assistant (Internship) Location: Brussels, Belgium BACKGROUND 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 seeks to contribute [...]
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Protection International is currently recruiting a French Editorial Assistant (Internship) Location: Brussels, Belgium BACKGROUND 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 seeks to [...]
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On 10th August 2015, several hundred villagers from Khon Kaen and Kalasin provinces, Isaan region, northeastern Thailand, staged a demonstration outside a petroleum project in the Dongmoon conservation area, calling for the project to be stopped and for community rights to participate in public affairs.   At approximately 9:30 AM, villagers from the Baan Namoon-Doonsard Conservation Group (Khon Kaen), Dongmoon Conservation Group (Kalasin) and Protecting Dongmoon Group, Thong Yai Sub-District [...]
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On 2o July 2015 the European Council adopted a New EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for the period 2015-2019, reaffirming the EU‘s commitment to promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.   “The Action Plan we are launching today focuses on empowering local actors and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). All EU members stand united in taking it forward.” said the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign [...]
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We are pleased to announce the opening of the registration for the online course “Security and protection management for human rights defenders and social organisations” mainly addressed to NGOs, social organizations and persons interested in the security work for HRD, their organizations and/or communities. Why take this course? Education and training for Human Rights Defenders is a broad subject with different needs. One such need, which we consider to be [...]
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