Environmental Defenders from Brazil at EU Parliament Stir Up Sustainable Due Diligence Debate

[Brussels] 12 October 2022 – Last night over one hundred European policymakers, members of civil society active in the fight for environmental justice and human rights, environmental defenders and journalists gathered in the European Parliament for the avant-premiere of the documentary film The Illusion of Abundance, followed by a panel discussion on the Corporate Sustainable […]

Attempted Murder Conviction of High-Profile HRD Case is Shockingly Overturned

Attempted Murder Conviction of High-Profile HRD Case is Shockingly Overturned Impunity Reigns as the Overall Security of Land Rights Defenders in Thailand is Further Undermined The Wiang Sra Provincial Court of Surat Thani in Thailand just issued its verdict from the Region 8 Court of Appeals, acquitting the suspect in the attempted murder case against […]

Celebration of the Women Human Rights Defenders Day in DR Congo

By Ephrem Chiruza “We will not stop until all human rights defenders enjoy their right to defend human rights by creating an enabling environment for this work to continue,” said Susan Muriungi, Protection International (PI) Africa Regional Director during the celebration of Women Human Rights Defenders Day held at the Dutch Embassy Liaison Office in […]

Uprooted Yet Undeterred

Human rights defenders in Colombia continue to stand up for themselves and their communities regardless of forced displacement Dozens of refugees and internally displaced people are human rights defenders (HRDs), but they are not always effectively recognized as such. In this article we tell some stories about these defenders in Colombia, the challenges their communities […]

Experts: Honduras Must Investigate Illicit Actions Denounced in Berta Cáceres Case

June 1, 2021 A month into the trial of a retired military intelligence officer and president of the DESA hydroelectric company, David Castillo, for the murder of Lenca leader Berta Cáceres in Honduras, the Expert Observation Mission remains concerned about the right to the truth and the clarification of the acts that led to the […]

Guarantees for the Exercise of the Right of Indigenous Peoples to Protest in Colombia

Bogota, May 21, 2021 – Protection International (PI) notes with concern that the Colombian government has failed to ensure the necessary guarantees for the exercise of the right to free association, freedom of expression and peaceful protest. As it stands, Colombia’s official position does not correspond to the State obligations to respect, guarantee and protect […]

Important Legal Victory for Land Rights Defenders of Thailand

The Southern Peasants’ Federation finally wins court case after eight years of deliberations and delays [Thailand – 25 March 2021] Thirteen years of struggle and eight years of waiting finally results in a positive outcome for the land rights defenders of the Southern Peasants’ Federation of Thailand (SPFT). On 19 March 2021, the Thai Administrative […]