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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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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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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: [...]
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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 [...]
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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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