PBI-Colombia seeks people to accompany human rights defenders; deadline to apply is January 31!

The Peace Brigades International-Colombia Project has posted, “A call for applications to our 2020 Training Encounter. Applications will be accepted until January 31, 2020. All applications (with references) received until this date will be considered for the training and selection process leading to a training and selection encounter.” They add, Read more…

PBI-Mexico seeks volunteers for August/September 2020! Apply by January 23!

The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project is seeking volunteers to be placed in the field as of August/September 2020! As noted in our most recent Annual Report, “Ten international volunteers accompanied members of 16 organisations working on forced disappearances, impunity, women’s rights, indigenous rights and environmental protection. Volunteers are divided into Read more…

PBI-Guatemala accompanies court hearing of Indigenous land defender denounced by palm oil company

On January 9, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project posted, “Today we accompanied the Law Office of Human Rights [BDH] to the initial debate hearing in the case of Samuel Choc, indigenous authority of Las Mercedes village, Chisec.” PBI-Guatemala further explains, “The palm company Tecnoservicio Agroindustria, S.A. They denounced him for Read more…

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Michel Forst on trade agreements

Michel Forst, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, wrote in The Guardian several years ago that, “Trade agreements with countries where environmental defenders are under threat should contemplate measures to prevent, investigate and remedy violations against activists.” Additionally, Katharina Rall from Human Rights Watch Read more…