PBI-Guatemala accompanies CCDA Verapaz on visit to communities of Xyaal Kobee and Xa Jobche

On November 30, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Projected posted, “The day before yesterday we accompanied CCDA Verapaz to visit the communities of Xyaal Kobee and Xa Jobche in the municipality of Cobán.” PBI-Guatemala began accompanying the Campesino Committee of the Highlands (CCDA), a campesino organization that accompanies and advises mostly Read more…

The Canadian PBI volunteers who accompanied Colombian communities attacked by paramilitaries in 1999

Steve Law and Evelyn Jones from Kennetcook, Nova Scotia were Peace Brigades International volunteers in Colombia in 1998-99. On March 26, 1999, the head of the largest paramilitary organization in Colombia issued a death threat against international workers who were providing human rights protection and humanitarian aid to communities displaced Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies BDH law firm at hearing of Mendoza García in Ixil genocide case

On November 27, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted on its Facebook page, “Today we accompanied the BDH [the Human Rights Law Firm] in the first declaration hearing of General Mendoza García in the accusation of genocide and duties against humanity against the Ixil people.” PBI-Guatemala adds, “The defendant participated Read more…

PBI-Honduras observes community consultation that rejects mines and solar power park

The Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project has posted, “On November 17, PBI-Honduras observed a self-consultation of the municipality of Namasigüe, Choluteca, which was carried out with the technical support of our accompanied organization, CEHPRODEC.” PBI-Honduras adds, “According to the final vote count, 97% of the residents rejected the installation of mining Read more…

UN Special Rapporteur links “current development model” with risks faced by human rights defenders

In his recent address to the United Nations session titled Prevention is better than cure: exploring best strategies by States to prevent attacks on human rights defenders (co-organized by Peace Brigades International), the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst made some notable observations. Forst Read more…