Read the newly released Peace Brigades International 2019 Annual Review!

Published by Brent Patterson on

On April 29, Peace Brigades International released our 19-page Annual Review outlining our collective activities in 2019.

It highlights that PBI accompanied 1,360 human rights defenders, produced 429 communications (including e-newsletters) and organized 21 advocacy tours last year. The Annual Review also includes a mention of the PBI advocacy tour that visited Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Nanaimo and Duncan.

It also significantly includes these testimonies and numerous other quotes from human rights defenders who PBI accompanies:

“If we are alive it’s thanks to PBI, who has accompanied us for years and has been with us in our most critical moments.” – CARLOS MORALES, UVOC, Guatemala

“In the middle of the solitude that human rights defence work can bring, turning round in a hearing and seeing the green jacket and a volunteer’s face you say to yourself, ‘ok, it’s fine, let’s keep going, I’m not alone, we’re not alone’.” – GERMAN ROMERO, DH Colombia

“I thank PBI for accompanying me in my defence of human rights and my work in journalism. Without this accompaniment I think my name would be on a forgotten tomb.” – DINA MEZA, Association for Democracy and Human Rights in Honduras (ASOPODEHU)

“PBI helps us to work with greater confidence. Through the collaboration with PBI we have seen a change in attitude in the authorities including greater openness.” – ERNESTO PALENCIA, ASMAC, Mexico

The Annual Review also notes that 465 volunteers from 28 countries accompanied the 1,360 human rights defenders we support. One of those volunteers was Javier Ignacio Hoyos from Quebec who joined the PBI-Colombia Project in February 2019.

It also highlights, “In February 2019, Obtilia Eugenio Manuel, indigenous Me’phaa defender from Guerrero, Mexico, was forcibly disappeared. Thanks to the huge national and international mobilization she was eventually found and freed.”

That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to subscribe to our Emergency Response Network so that we can contact you when a public mobilization is needed to support a human rights defender in immediate risk of harm.

We also now have an Urgent Action petition tool on our website that can be used in these emergency situations.

And it notes, “We would like to thank the many organisations and individuals who made generous contributions to our work throughout the year.”

That includes hundreds of individual donors in Canada as well as the Basilian Human Development Fund, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC), and Unifor.

To make an online donation to PBI-Canada, and/or to perhaps even encourage a friend or neighbour to support our work, please click here.

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