Around 100 rubbers trees have been destroyed last night, the 21st of May, in the Klong Sai-Pattana community, Thailand, a member village of The Southern Peasant Federation of Thailand (SPFT). The SPFT, a movement of people and farmer fighting for land reform to contrast the private companies system that dominate the workers and the farmers in Thailand today, is based in Surat Thani Province and holds 6,500 acres of land [...]
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HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS (HRDs) (Actions 9 and 10) The European Exernal Action Service shared with civil society the 28 April 2015 Joint Communication by the European Commission and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the elaboration of a new Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy for the period 2015-2019 (hereafter the Action Plan). The undersigned civil society organisations would like to [...]
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PI: Can you tell us a bit about how you have become a woman human rights defender? MJR:  Well, I´ve been active in defense of human rights and women´s rights since I was a student. The more I became aware of how gender inequality impacted my personal and professional life, the more I became involved in women’s rights issues. Around 2005, I started working with women human rights defenders (WHRDs). [...]
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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 graphic and digital designer 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 fulfill their duty [...]
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Wednesday April 23rd, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Protection International (PI) and its local Indonesian partner Arus Pelangi screened for the first time their new documentary “Protecting the Rainbow” at this year’s ASEAN People’s Forum Film Festival. The film was screened in the second session under the theme Non-Discrimination & Equality, and had more than 200 attendees. The Story Since 2010, PI’s local Protection Desk Indonesia has partnered with Arus Pelangi, a Jakarta-based organization working for the right [...]
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NGOs send an open letter to National Congress with concerns about draft Law to protect Human Rights Defenders in Honduras A new draft law to protect Human Rights Defenders, Journalists, Social Communicators and Legal Practitioners is currently before Congress in Honduras. The bill allows for the creation of a protection mechanism and a National Protection Council made up of government and civil society representatives that will implement various protection measures tailored [...]
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The human rights record of Zimbabwe is a tainted one. Despite challenges, Zimbabwe has a dedicated human rights community, Irene Petras tells us. Irene is the Executive Director of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR). She tells us about the context in which human rights defenders must work in Zimbabwe. Irene joined ZLHR in 2002 and has been its Executive Director since 2008. The organisation provides legal support services to [...]
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About the course: 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 due to, inter alia, the persistent ambiguity of the concept, its complexity, and, in many cases, the lack of external references and standards for implementation. This second [...]
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Protection International will be running its second 2015 edition of its online course “Security and Protection Management for HRDs and Social Organisations” from 20 April to 12 July. Find out more about the course here. “The course is highly recommended for human rights defenders who daily face risks but often fail to take the necessary measures to protect their lives and those of people around them”. – Human rights defender [...]
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Call for applicants – Multimedia Officer – part-time (Brussels, Belgium, 19 hours/week) Protection International (PI) is recruiting a Multimedia Officer for its work around the world. PI is an international not-for-profit organization. It researches strategies and security management tools that protect human rights defenders, and shares its expertise in this area with people at risk due to their human rights work. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change [...]
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Nairobi, March 4 2014-  Kenyan human rights defender Joel Ogada has faced multiple charges in several court cases. In the latest case (criminal case 41/2013), Ogada has been charged with arson and has been convicted to seven years  imprisonment, following a ruling made on 16 May 2014. Joel Ogada, a farmer in the Marereni area of Kilifi County at the Kenyan coast, denies all charges and had since appealed through the [...]
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In February 2015, Protection International welcomed three new members to its Board. Their experience, expertise and commitment to the defense of human rights and protecting those who uphold this right adds new depth and wisdom to the organisation. Please take a moment to read the profiles of PI’s new board members below.  Profiles of Board Members (In alphabetic order) Carmen Díez Vice-President of the Board. Carmen Díez is a graphic [...]
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On 10 December 2014, in the spirit of International Human Rights Day, President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, granted clemency to Indonesian woman human rights defender (WHRD) and land rights activist Eva Bande. Eva had been sentenced to 4 years in prison because of her work peacefully defending farmers’ rights against a national palm oil company in her province, Central Sulawesi. She was arrested and criminal charges [...]
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PI online training course Summary Designed for: NGOs, social organisations and individuals. Duration: 60 hours over 12 weeks (approximately 5 hours per week) (2 February-27 April 2015) Online Distance learning course (using Moodle) Hosted by PI training staff (protection experts with extensive training experience in many countries). Why take this course? Education and training for Human Rights Defenders is a broad subject with different needs. One such need, which we [...]
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Protection International interviews Rehana Hashmi It’s dangerous being a woman in Pakistan. A report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan shows just how much by listing the numerous challenges that are faced by Pakistani women. It’s even more dangerous being a Pakistani woman that defends human rights. Being the target of death threats and harassment, one such woman, Rehana Hashmi, had to go into hiding. Rehana is a woman [...]
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Volunteer Opportunity at Protection International: Translators  Protection International is seeking experienced translators to help make our materials on protection for human rights defenders available to a larger audience. Our current translation needs require French and Spanish translators, as well as Thai and Bahasa translators. We hope to offer our materials in additional languages soon. Specific language, word count and type of materials (i.e. articles, manuals, video scripts, etc.) will vary depending on the project. On some occasions [...]
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Protection International (PI) is recruiting a Systems Administrator/IT Officer, based in Brussels, but supporting its work around the world. PI is an international not-for-profit organization. It researches strategies and security management tools that protect human rights defenders, and shares its expertise in this area with people at risk due to their human rights work. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and [...]
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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 International (PI) is seeking to recruit a Advocacy Officer in Thailand supporting advocacy tasks. 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. [...]
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Call for applications: Protection Officer Thailand 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 [...]
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Protection International (PI) is seeking to recruit an Advocacy Officer in Thailand supporting advocacy tasks. 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. [...]
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Protection International interviews Alejandra Ancheita Alejandra Ancheita, the newest Laureate of the 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders visited Brussels in November 2014. Protection International (PI) was able to sit down with her.  Alejandra, a Mexican lawyer and human rights activist, is the founder and Executive Director of Proyecto de Derechos Economicos, Sociales y Cuturales. Together with ProDESC, she has worked tirelessly with labour workers, migrants and indigenous communities to [...]
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(Quezon City, 6 December 2014) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its members the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) reiterated their call to Asian governments, as well as national, regional and international institutions to ensure an effective protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Asia. More than 150 human rights defenders from 22 [...]
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Brussels, 8 December 2014- The 16th EU NGO Forum on Human Rights has taken place on 4 and 5 December in Brussels. This annual event brought together representatives of global civil society and the EU institutions, EU Member States and international organisations. “Freedoms of expression online and offline” was the theme of this year’s Forum. Luis Enrique Eguren, President of Protection International, contributed with a presentation to the “Roundtable: Protection Mechanisms”. [...]
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Conflicts around natural resources are globally on the increase. In many countries environmental defenders suffer severe threats and assaults. To counter these alarming developments, IUCN NL, Protection International and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host a three day event, to be held from 8 to 10 December in The Hague. “The aim is to identify measures that will improve the safety of environmental defenders”, says Tina Lain from [...]
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New Publication by Protection International: Focus 2014 Report Since 2008, with its FOCUS Global Observatory, Protection International (PI) has specialised in researching, systematising and disseminating good practice and lessons learned in the field of public policy and legal instruments for the protection of HRDs, in addition to the permanent monitoring of the situation in several countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia in which this kind of policy has been implemented or where [...]
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Burundi: The European network for Central Africa (EurAc) is concerned by threats to the Forum pour la Conscience et le Développement (FOCODE) and to its President, Pacifique Nininahazwe.   Pacifique Nininahazwe, one of the leading representatives of Burundian civil society and of the NGO of which he is the President, Forum pour la Conscience et le Développement(FOCODE), have for the last three weeks been the target of anonymous telephone calls and messages on [...]
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Nairobi, 6 November 2014- On 6 October, the magistrate at the Malindi Law Courts denied the application for bail pending appeal of human rights defender Joel Ogada. Kenyan human rights defender Joel Ogada has faced multiple charges in several court cases. In the latest case (criminal case 41/2013), Ogada has been charged with arson and has been convicted to seven years  imprisonment, following a ruling made on 16 May 2014. [...]
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Thailand, 30 October 2014-  On 29 October the case of Human Rights Defender Surapun Rujichaiwat versus Tungkum Limited (TKL) (Case No :Aor 4471/2557) came before Judge Suttitam Ratanasaenyaakornupaap and Judge Watcharapon Maaisawat at the Phuket provincial court complex. Surapun Rujichaiwat is one of two human rights defenders that is facing charges. Mr. Rujichaiwat and fellow HRD Ms. Porntip Hongchai have both been accused by TKL of damaging the company’s reputation during individual interviews with television stations [...]
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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 working [...]
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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 Rapporteur on [...]
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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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