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International Support Networks and Emergency Response
When a defender we’re accompanying is threatened, we reach out across the globe with a highly responsive international support network.
Constantly building this network through developing relationships and seeking support from individuals to governments is a key area of work for PBI-Canada and other country groups. It is the activation of these support networks that will save the life of a human rights defender.
There are two types of networks;
The High-Level Network consists of high-level contacts such as diplomats, members of government, officials, representatives from organizations like faith communities and trade unions, and well-known personalities. They are updated on situations in project areas and occasionally called upon to pressure project country governments to address human rights concerns.
From time to time, when a defender or community that we accompany is at serious risk, and we see that a large public response will be effective in helping to assure their safety and well-being, we alert our Emergency Response Network — the ERN. We supply instructions to the members of the ERN for applying pressure on the alleged perpetrators and/or the local authorities in order to prevent further abuse.
When a defender’s life is hanging by a thread, don’t let it break. Click here to join the ERN.
Luis Guillermo Pérez Casas, Lawyers Collective José Alvear Restrepo (Colombia) “I can say with certainty that if we are still alive, it is mainly because of PBI's work.”