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Protection International (PI) began working in the DRC in 2004. The country work initially began through regular missions in which PI staff conducted security trainings with civil society groups. During the early period of PI’s presence in the DRC, the organisation developed strong relations with civil society in the East, training local activists. In 2009, a Protection Desk was established.

PI has increasingly become an important voice within Congolese civil society in North and South Kivu specialised on security management for human rights defenders.

The organisation currently has offices in both Bukavu and Goma.


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Baseline Study on Protection Needs of Women Human Rights Defenders in North and South Kivu

01 Jul


Protection International initiated this baseline study on the security and protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in North and South Kivu in order to


27 Feb


Meet the Defenders, Meet Passy Mubalama from AIDPROFEN (DR Congo)

During her visit in Brussels, we had a chat one-on-one with Passy Mubalama, a human rights defender promoting democracy, human rights, good governa

13 Feb


Dr Mukwege on Human Rights Defenders in DRC

This video is part of Protection International's campaign "Voices of Defenders in DRC.  More on the campaign on: