NGOs Call on the EP to Reconsider Decision on 500-Word Limit for Urgency Resolution

Brussels, January 30, 2023 Dear President Metsola, Dear Presidents of the political groups of the European Parliament, We are writing to follow up on our December 20 letter, where we raised concerns about proposals to freeze all activities of the European Parliament’s DROI Subcommittee and to stop all urgency resolutions on human rights abuses in […]

Joint NGO Letter to the European Parliament on Proposals to Halt Human Rights Activities

Brussels, December 20, 2022, Dear President Metsola, Dear Presidents of the political groups of the European Parliament, We are writing to express our greatest concerns over recent debates and proposals to freeze all activities of the European Parliament’s Human Rights Subcommittee (DROI) and to stop all urgency resolutions, in reaction to allegations of corruption known […]

Laos: After 10 years, civil society worldwide is still asking: “Where is Sombath?”

Sombath Somphone during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on August 2005. Photo: EPA/ROLEX DELA PENA 13 December 2022 Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned civil society organizations and individuals, renew calls on the Lao government to determine his fate and whereabouts […]

Concern about the harassment, surveillance and likely attempted murder of the lawyer and defender of the Peoples’ Front in Defense of Land and Water

Joint Declaration by: Peace Brigades International – PBI Mexico; World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders; Protection International Mesoamerica; Taula per Mèxic (Barcelona); Front line Defenders; Swedish Movement for Reconciliation – SweFOR; Amnesty International. Concern about the […]

An Appeal to the UNFCCC & State Parties at COP27

PI Signs An Appeal to the UNFCCC & State Parties at COP27 The climate crisis is among the most critical and complex issues our planet and its people face. Human rights and climate action are increasingly indivisible and the need to transition to cleaner energies has never been more urgent. Yet this transition will be […]

International civil society urges European Union to guarantee an enabling visa framework for human rights defenders

[Brussels] 7 September 2022.- In a joint statement published today at the initiative of ProtectDefenders.eu, 50 international civil society organisations -including Protection International– are calling on all European Union institutions and the EU Member States to return on its political mandate in favor of human rights and human rights defenders, and lead on the implementation […]

Statement calling for the renewal of the Special Rapporteur’s Mandate on Burundi

To Permanent Representatives of Member and Observer States of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (Geneva, Switzerland) 18 August 2022 Burundi: Extend the Special Rapporteur’s mandate Excellencies, At the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council, in October 2021, the Council established a special procedure on Burundi. The new Special Rapporteur mandate includes […]

Letter for the New President and Vice President of Colombia to Guarantee an Environment Free of Violence for HRDs

Mr Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego President of the Republic of Colombia Mrs Francia Elena Márquez Vice-President of the Republic of Colombia Dear President Petro and Vice-President Márquez: The undersigned national and international organisations congratulate you on beginning your roles as President and Vice-President of the Republic of Colombia. Your presidency offers a new, hard-won opportunity […]

Solidarity Statement with HEDA Resource Centre, Nigeria

SOLIDARITY STATEMENT WITH HEDA RESOURCE CENTRE, NIGERIA Nairobi, 4 April 2022 We, the undersigned pan-African and international human rights organisations, are deeply concerned about the latest attacks against human rights defenders (HRDs) in Nigeria, Africa. On the night of 28 March 2022, five armed men forcibly entered the home of Mr Olanrewaju Suraju’s, the Chairman […]