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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On July 6th, 40 International Rights Organizations, issued a joint statement to the Prime Minister of Cambodia urging the Government to withdraw the draft Law on Associations and Non-Governmental Organizations (LANGO) that will be voted on July 10th.   If approved, the Law would seriously damage the ability of many associations, NGOs, and community-based advocacy movements, to work effectively in Cambodia, giving to the Government the arbitrary power to intervene [...]
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    July7th, 2015   The 14 students and allied Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) will be released in the morning of 8 July, the Bangkok Military Court ruled today dismissing the police request for further pre-trial detention.   However the charges against the activists, who have been under custody since the 26 June, are not dropped and the military prosecutor will decide whether to confirm the pending prosecution.   Also,  [...]
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    On the 25th of June the Khon Ruk Ban Kerd (KRBK) Conservation Group, a community organisation based in Loei province, North-Eastern Thailand, released a statement to express its solidarity with the Dao Din student Human Rights Defenders, who have been issued with arrest warrants for having peacefully demonstrated in honour of the first-year anniversary of the country’s coup-d’état on June 24th.   The group, formed by 6 villages [...]
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Protection International is seeking to recruit a representative for its work in Indonesia.   Overview Protection International (PI) is an international non-profit organization that is registered in Indonesia as Yayasan Perlindungan Insani Indonesia. PI is researching strategies and security management tools that protect human rights defenders (HRD). And it shares its expertise in this area with people at risk for their human rights work all around the world, including Indonesia. [...]
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      Thailand – Protection International is concerned about the  situation of student human rights defenders in Thailand facing criminal charges for having demonstrated peacefully in occasion of the one-year anniversary of the Thai coup d’état.   Seven members of the Dao Din Group, a students’ group advocating for community rights, social justice and democracy based at Khon Kaen University, in the North East region of Isaan, spent today [...]
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On the 1st June, in Geneva,  the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights opened its 55th Session hearing from national human rights institutions and NGOs which included consideration of country reports from  Thailand. On this occasion, Thai CSOs presented a joint statement about Thailand’s Human Rights landscape today,  denouncing the constant  deterioration of the situation, since the military Government reform removed institutions granting human rights protection and southern provinces [...]
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    On 20 May, in a plenary assembly, the European Parliament voted in favour of a mandatory certification scheme for all importers of tin, tantalum, tungsten and gold in order to ensure supply chain due diligence for possible conflict minerals.The law, approved by 402 votes to 118, with 171 abstentions, is overturning the Commission’s proposal to adopt a self-certification scheme and followed a joint action of several International NGOs calling [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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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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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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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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