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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El martes 1 de julio 2014, la Subdirección de Operaciones de Extranjería de la Dirección General de Migración (DGM) del Ministerio de Gobernación de Guatemala anuló la residencia temporal en el país de dos personas voluntarias de las Brigadas Internacionales de Paz (PBI), sin garantizar el derecho al debido proceso, puesto que ni las dos resoluciones correspondientes ni los oficiales de la DGM determinaron las motivaciones de dicha medida administrativa, [...]
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The undersigned organisations working with and for human rights defenders (HRDs) welcome the adoption by the Council of the European Union (EU) of the 23 June 2014 Conclusions on the 10th Anniversary of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders. We express satisfaction with the renewed commitment of the EU and its Member States to the implementation of the Guidelines. In particular, we welcome the call for improved support to [...]
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Loei, North Eastern Thailand: On 19 June a delegation of diplomats from the European Union (EU) accompanied by Protection International’s Protection Desk-Thailand travelled  to Nanongbong village in Wangsaphung, to meet the community-based  human rights defenders group Khon Rak Ban Koed.  The Khon Rak Ban Koed Group works with communities in six villages, including Nanongbong, in North Eastern Thailand  to protect the environment from the negative effects of mining and to [...]
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BRUSSELS,  18 June – Ten years ago,  on 14 June 2004, the Council of the European Union adopted Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders to  improve support and protection given by the European Union (EU) to human rights defenders in non-EU countries.    The 10th anniversary of the Guidelines was celebrated yesterday in Brussels at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU with an event organised by Protection International, Front [...]
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Brussels, 17 June 2014 – Today, at a seminar held at the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the European Union in Brussels, Front Line Defenders, Peace Brigades International, Protection International, the International Federation for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International celebrate the 10th anniversary of the European Union (EU) Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders .   The purpose of the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders is to [...]
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Protection International (PI) is seeking to recruit a Protection Officer in Thailand. PI is an international non-profit organization researching strategies and security management tools that protect human rights defenders and sharing its expertise in this area with people at risk for their human rights work all around the world. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts [...]
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Protection Desk-Thailand (PD-Thailand) was invited to brief European Union diplomats on the situation of human rights defenders at risk in Loei province in North Eastern Thailand, where local communities and their leaders work to protect the environment and their health from the negative effects of mining and to uphold their community’s agricultural practices.   In Loei violence has escalated against local communities and has reached a dangerous threshold.  The local [...]
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When the Suharto regime was toppled by the student movement and the effects of the 1997 Asian economic crisis, Indonesia entered an era of democratic transition, known as the Reformation (reformasi). Transition has not always gone smoothly and former rulers from the so-called New Order regime under Suharto, many of whom responsible for gross human rights violations, remain influential actors in Indonesia’s political landscape. Some have formed political parties to [...]
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  30 June 2014 – 4 July 2014, Bilbao, Spain Co-directed by Cristina Churruca Muguruza (Human Rights Institute – University of Deusto) and Enrique Eguren (Protection  International)   WHAT IS THIS COURSE ABOUT? The protection of affected populations in situations of crisis, such as armed conflicts or natural disasters, has become a main element of humanitarian action. Humanitarian agencies have developed policies, manuals and guidelines in protection. However, its operationalization remains a challenge [...]
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  The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) Forum 2014 takes place between the 
12-14 May in Brussels. This annual event brings together CSOs that are beneficiaries or potential beneficiaries of the Instrument. It is an opportunity to review their experiences and to look at lessons learnt and best practices to improve the EIDHR support for them. This year’s edition, ‘Protecting Those Who Protect’, focuses on Human Rights Defenders (HRDs). Mauricio Angel [...]
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On May 8th, 2014, the UN Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the appointment of Michel Forst as the new UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders. Protection International warmly welcomes the appointment of Mr Forst as the new United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders. PI Board President, Enrique Eguren added: “Mr Forst’s extensive experience in human rights work, as a defender himself, is one of [...]
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     During the 60 minutes of “Drops that crack the rock”, the audience is taken through the various emblematic cases of the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers’ Collective, from the enforced disappeared, to the executions, tortures during the 1985 Palace of Justice Siege events and the DAS (“Colombian ex-intelligence secret services”) criminal drift during the Uribe Vélez administration, discovering cases such as the murder of Senator Manuel Cepeda Vargas in [...]
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Protection International has been working with the Malandi Human Rights Forum (MRF) since 2010. The objective of this partnership has been to contribute towards a safer working environment. The partnership has used various approaches, all designed to build capacity and help MRF members understand the risks resulting from their working environment and how to adopt a range of mitigating measures. When PI started working with the MRF in 2010, the organization [...]
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Burundi: The National Independent Human Rights Commission (CNIDH) invited Protection International to a roundtable to discuss the issues affecting HRDs in the country and to analyse the contents of a draft public law to protect HRDs, prepared by the CNIDH. Protection International contributed by sharing its expertise in the following areas: • providing details of similar legislative processes in Latin America, where some public policies on the protection for HRDs have [...]
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Brussels, 26 March 2014  – Protection International (PI) was invited by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) EU office in Brussels to deliver a workshop on a Protection and Security Management for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) Defending Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) Rights in Africa. The session aimed to share PI’s long-standing experience on security and protection with a selected group of LGBTI defenders from Africa.     Delivered by [...]
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    Ahead of the EU-Mexico Human Rights Dialogue, which took place in Brussels on the 18th of March, Protection International together with PBI (Peace Brigades International), CIFCA (Iniciativa de Copenhague para Centroamérica y México) and Front Line Defenders submitted a joint briefing, reporting that HRDs in Mexico continue to suffer attacks, threats, harassment and murders. The four signatory organizations have identified deficiencies in the implementation of the National Protection [...]
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As International NGO´s and Networks we urge that the Colombian authorities order that David Ravelo be released immediately. On 11th of February last year, the follow up of the demand for annulment of the judicial process against the human rights defender David Ravelo Crespo, member  of the  Regional Corporation  for  the  Defense of Human Rights in Magdalena Medio (CREDHOS), from the city of Barrancabermeja, was filed before the High Court  [...]
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To mark International Women’s Day, Protection International pays tribute to women around the world fighting to defend their rights and the rights of their communities to achieve a more just future. We are proud of the women struggling peacefully to highlight and combat violence, the crimes committed during armed conflict, sexual violence, impunity and LGBTI rights. Struggling to defend their culture, their identity, their territory – they are women organised [...]
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This video by Human Rights Watch shows the extremely violent attacks religious minority groups in Indonesia have suffered in the past few years and comments on the conditions enabling this violence. You are able to watch this imagery only because somebody took the risk to document it. People who shoot footage for clips such as this one, are at serious risk of being attacked themselves. Taking risks makes these ordinary people [...]
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“Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last [...]
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Today, February 11th,  is “The Day We Fight Back”, when Internet users around the world will stand together for our digital freedoms, in the face of government spying digging deeper into our lives than we ever could have imagined. Protection International supports “The Day We Fight Back” – a day of online protest against mass surveillance on the Internet, the invasion of our privacy and the erosion of accountability. Because [...]
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  Protection International had the honor to participate in the World Human Rights Forum (WFHR) celebrated in Brasilia from 10th to 13th December 2013. The EU delegation in Brazil and the Human Rights Secretariat  of the Republic of Brazil have invited us to make a presentation revolved around the subject of the seminar: “Comparative experiences for the protection of human rights defenders at the international level”. The seminar was chaired [...]
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As a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), Protection International fully endorses the “European elections campaign: Stand 4 Human Rights”, encouraging MEPs to pledge their commitment for human rights ahead of the 2014 European Parliament elections. The HRDN comprises 47 NGOs operating at the EU level in the areas of human rights and democracy and peace building   Protection International is one of the 47 members that [...]
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Brussels, Tuesday, 10 December 2013. On International Human Rights’ Day, civil society networks Alop, Cifca, Grupo Sur, Oidhaco and Protection International urge the EU to make the respect of human rights the guiding principle in its trade relations with Latin America. The European Parliament ratified trade agreements with Colombia, Peru and Central America in December 2012. This caused deep concern in civil society because of the asymmetries between both regions, [...]
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“Members of the Malindi Rights Forum (in Malindi community, north of Mombasa, Kenya ) shared their experiences of resistance in  defending  their territory and we talked about similar experiences in Colombia, Guatemala and Thailand. We observed that aggression patterns, victims and non-state perpetrators (such as private companies)  are similar across continents. An old man, surprised at our stories, wondered  ‘”So, if we are fighting against the same patterns, how can [...]
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Today, 6th December  2013, marks 25 years since Peace Brigades International – The Netherlands, was established to support human rights defenders around the world. Protection International would like to congratulate them on this important anniversary and encourage them to carry on with the very important work they have been doing during all these years. Protection International has storong historical links with Peace Brigades Intenational. Our founding members worked with the [...]
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  Brussels, 11 December 2013. On 5 and 6 December 2013, the European Union held the 15th EU-NGO forum on Human Rights in Brussels. The event addressed the overarching theme of “accountability” regarding two interrelated topics: 1) the fight against impunity; and 2) accountability for economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) violations. Protection International (PI) is proud to have supported the EU in organising the roundtable on “National public policies [...]
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Today, 29th November, marks the eighth anniversary of the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. A landmark UN resolution on protecting WHRDs, passed this week, urges States to put in place gender-specific laws and policies for the protection of WHRDs and to ensure that defenders themselves be involved in the design and implementation of these measures. UN member states should take the necessary steps to promptly implement this resolution, so [...]
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This new online resource, “East Africa Journalists in Exile“, has been designed to support displaced and exiled journalists, helping them to cope with the many challenges associated with exile. The main goal of this resource is to help them improve their situation with practical information and advice tailored to their needs. Protection International was invited to take part in this project and contributed towards it with a set of Security [...]
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Washington DC, Wednesday 29th October 2013. The State of Honduras fails to comply with the implementation of protection measures for human rights defenders (HRD) at risk. For this reason, last Monday 28th October, state representatives appeared in a public hearing before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Washington D.C. This hearing was requested by the Centre for Human Rights Research and Promotion (CIPRODEH), the Committee of the Families of [...]
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Defending territory is one activity that generates risk for human rights defenders in Colombia; during 2013 alone, 37 human rights defenders were murdered, and at least 30% of these deaths related to land restitution. The majority of these assassinations are the responsibility of paramilitary groups, now named the “anti-land restitution army”, which operate in areas of high strategic value to the development of economic mega projects. The peasant community of [...]
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  “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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  Protection International will be running the third edition of its online course “Security and Protection Management for Human Rights Defenders and Social Organisations” from 14 July 2014 – 5 October 2014. Applications to enroll can be sent from now, until 25 June 2014. For an application form and a complete set of information about the course, send an email to: e-learning@protectioninternational.org.   Director: Enrique Eguren Tutor: Sylvain Lefebvre   [...]
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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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