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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  “When I come to countries, I regularly get asked “what can you do for us?” says Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur for the Freedom of Assembly and Association, telling about his encounters with human rights defenders at risk around the world. The Special Rapporteur tells the 7th Front Line’s Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders his default answer: “I cannot do it for you – you do it. You [...]
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Protection International Fundraising & Events Internship: PI is looking for an intern to support the fundraising unit and the organisation of events in Brussels! 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 [...]
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Call for applications: Protection International Representative for 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 of the world, HRDs [...]
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Dear friend, A complete set of information about the “Security and protection, management for human rights defenders and social organisations” course, can be found in the 6 attached documents. If there is anything else you want to know, please do not hesitate to ask for it (e-learning@protectioninternational.org).   Summary of important dates: •       Enrolment until 24 September 2013 •       Communication to those selected to participate: 26 September 2013 •       Payment of fees can be made between: [...]
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Job title: Webmaster and IT Officer Location: Brussels Hours: 15 hours per week Reports to: Outreach and Communication Officer Tasks • Administer and manage PI´s web platform (WordPress CMS) • Plan, design and develop improvements to PI websites in coordination with Outreach Officer and Executive Direction. • Develop and code web solutions on request of the Outreach Officer, Protection Desks and otherthematic units. • Fix bugs and monitorthe overall performances [...]
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The Protection Desks (PDs) are part of the overall strategy of Protection International (PI) to protect human rights defenders in the world. Working closely with local defenders and their organisations, PDs are designed to provide training and capacity-building on security issues, promote public policies for their protection, and conduct research on related topics. On 5-9 August 2013, PI held a Second Regional Meeting of its Guatemala and Colombia Protection Desks. [...]
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Protection International team is currently offering an internship in the Programme Direction Unit in its Head Office in Brussels, Belgium. Programme Direction runs field programmes in Asia, Africa and Latin-America. Colleagues in the field form small hubs of expertise in protecting human rights defenders (Protection Desks) and work with local civil society and other public actors with a stake or duty in the protection of human rights defenders. Task description: [...]
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As the judicial harassment and criminalisation is a matter of high concern for human rights defenders, Protection International (PI) has decided to share this presentation made by Mauricio Angel, PI’s Policy and Research Officer. The speech was delivered at a meeting organised by the European External Action Service (EEAS) with the EU missions focal points on human rights (Brussels, Belgium, 28 February 2013). Criminalisation of defenders can be extremely difficult [...]
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The Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has recently embarked on an ambitious project to promote the effective protection of human rights defenders (HRDs) in its 57 participating States from Europe, Central Asia and North America. Protection International (PI) was invited along with 24 other intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations working in the field of HRD protection to participate [...]
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During Rios Montt’s trial, the evidence provided by witnesses, survivors and relatives of victims placed them under great risk. Some received threats or were harassed. Thanks to an alliance of several human rights organizations (among them Aj Noj-Protection Desk Guatemala and our partner UDEFEGUA), their protection was enhanced, allowing them to testify on several crimes such as rape and sexual violence, destruction of crops, massacres, abduction of children and forcible [...]
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Yesterday, the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) of the European Parliament held an exchange of views on EU policies concerning human rights defenders (HRD). Chairwoman, Mrs Barbara Lochbihler, reminded attendees about the importance of defenders’ work and the need to place them higher on the political agenda, due to the many threats they face. Karen Bennett, researcher at the Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute (London) presented the findings [...]
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Protection International draws your attention on this important Exchange of views on EU policies on human rights defenders, including the presentation of a study on Assessing the Implementation of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. This event will happen in the European Parliament on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10h00 – 11h30, and will be webstreamed After some Introductory remarks by Ms Barbara Lochbihler, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human [...]
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Brussels, 16 May 2013. Protection International (PI) is pleased to release a new version of FOCUS 2013. Public Policies for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: the State of the Art. It includes a preface written by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, Margaret Sekaggya. According to Luis Enrique Eguren, President of the Board of PI, “Mrs. Sekaggya’s interest and strong support to the development of [...]
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“There’s this streak of sacrifice in our culture” says Davide Zaveri, coordinator of the Salvagente project in Italy. “We Italians first focus on helping others in need – and need to overcome this reflex before we start thinking of our own security.”  The Salvagente (‘Lifejacket’) project overcomes this reflex. It invited Protection International to Turin this week to share its expertise and support the Salvagente team’s security planning.   Salvagente [...]
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Protection International (PI) is seeking to recruit a representative for its work in and from the East & Horn of Africa. 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 [...]
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Brussels March 27th 2013 Protection International welcomes the adoption of a new and important resolution on human rights defenders at the 22nd Session of the United Nation Human Rights Council on 21 March 2013. “Criminalization puts the ax to the roots of the human rights movement in so many countries. It’s important that the Human Rights Council takes clear position” says Luis Enrique Eguren, Chair of Protection International’s Board. The [...]
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With a view to extending its financial capacity, PI is looking for a Fundraiser, who would work under the direct supervision of the Responsible for Finances and of the Executive Committee. Download the full job description.   Key responsibilities:  To work within the mandate of PI and follow the principles of Impartiality and non- partisanship To work in a team with fundraiser, finance controller and administrators of PI Head office To [...]
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In Central America, insecurity and violence have been on the rise in recent years. In this context, women’s rights are increasingly at risk. In Honduras alone, gender-based violence is the second highest cause of death for women of reproductive age. In Mexico and Guatemala, the levels of violence against women continue to escalate. Moreover, women human rights defenders (WHRDs) face increasing difficulties to carry out their work. To counter this [...]
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Muhuri (Muslims for Human Rights) is a Muslim organization that promotes human rights in Kenya. Their activity involves several actions such as visiting prisons, promoting women rights as well as the rights of indigenous peoples. In the run-up to the presidential elections scheduled for 4 March 2013, Muhuri has focused its work on preparing their observation. Several members of the organisation have been attacked. Therefore, Muhuri requested the intervention of PI. [...]
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On March 6, Protection International will present its latest documentary, The Law of the Strongest, in the office of the International Service for Human Rights (from 3pm to 5pm – Rue de Varembé, 1 – Geneva). The documentary, which is available online, proposes an account of the work of Honduran human rights defenders, both in rural and urban areas. It also tackles the numerous challenges, threats and intimidation attempts they [...]
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Protection International is looking for an Executive Director. You can download the full job description here or consult it below.   JOB DESCRIPTION Job title: Executive Director Location: Brussels, Belgium Works as member of: Executive Committee / Legal Representative Reports to: Board of Directors Key objectives and responsibilities: The Executive Director leads the organisation’s development and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation.   Strategic Planning and Organisational Development: [...]
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On November 26, 2012, PI will present its latest documentary, La Ley del más fuerte (The law of  the strongest), with the support of CIFCA and FIDH. It covers the situation of human rights defenders in Honduras and especially in the region of Bajo Aguán. The screening is only in Spanish, but the video will be made available with English subtitles in the coming months. The screening will be followed [...]
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Between June and August 2012, Americano-Czech photographer Jana Ašenbrennerová spent some time with our team at the Protection Desk Congo. Here’s the best-of.   Protection Desk officer Balzac Buzerwa training a local organization Bukavu’s human rights defenders exchanging during a training. Bukavu’s defenders during an Ask&Answer session at their office with PI protection officers. Team building exercise in a protection training.
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On July 31st, 2005, Pascal Kabungulu Kibembi, a Congolese human rights defender, Executive Secretary of the NGO “Héritiers de la Justice (Heirs of Justice) was shot dead in Bukavu, at his house and in front of his family, by a group of men wearing military clothes. He had denounced severe human rights violations (such as war crimes) perpetrated by rebel groups and the Congolese army. Until today, the case is [...]
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Brussels, 10 July 2012 Protection International and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mrs. Margaret Sekaggya, held the roundtable “National mechanisms and national public policies for the protection of human rights defenders: Reflections on current developments and ways ahead” in Geneva, Switzerland, last 18 June. The roundtable provided an opportunity for taking stock of current experiences of human rights defenders (HRDs), governments and international and [...]
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