“PBI is an inspiring opportunity to live the ideals of nonviolence”: Mitchell J. Goldberg

As Peace Brigades International approaches its 40th anniversary in 2021, we are sharing the reflections of past volunteers from Canada who accompanied at-risk defenders in various PBI project countries over the years. Mitchell J. Goldberg, who now lives in Montreal, accompanied defenders through the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project in 1989-90. Read more…

PBI to Human Rights Council: “Police violence has continued to be a daily experience in Kenya.”

On September 30, Peace Brigades International-Switzerland Advocacy Coordinator Kim-Mai Vu presented on the human rights situation in Kenya during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) general debate at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. She stated: “We welcome the important contributions to the UPR of Kenya. Due to Covid-19 Read more…

PBI and Franciscans International call on the Human Rights Council to pay close attention to the situation in Guatemala

On September 25, Peace Brigades International-Switzerland Advocacy Coordinator Kim-Mai Vu presented a joint PBI-Franciscans International statement on the human rights situation in Guatemala to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. She stated: “In Guatemala, 677 attacks against human rights defenders were documented between January and June 2020, nearly Read more…

PBI-Mexico supports the Espacio OSC call on funding for the Protection Mechanism for defenders and journalists

On September 30, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project posted: “PBI joins the call of @EspacioOsc [Civil Society Organizations Space] so that the @Mx_Diputados [the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house in the Mexican legislature] ensures the protection of more than 1,300 rights defenders and journalists. It is essential not to Read more…

Indigenous Q’eqchi people demand justice for imprisoned defender Bernardo Caal and freedom for rivers from hydroelectric dams

Photo: Outside the courthouse where Bernardo’s lawyers keep fighting for his freedom. The sign reads: “Q’eqchi people in resistance for life and dignity demand justice.” On September 29, the Peace Brigades International-Guatemala Project shared this post by Colectivo MadreSelva that says: “Women and men of Santa Maria Cahabon, today in Read more…

PBI-Honduras accompanied Dina Meza and C-Libre comment on the murder of independent journalist Luis Almendares

On September 28, the Peace Brigades International-Honduras Project posted on its Facebook page about the death of 35-year-old independent journalist Luis Almendares who had been shot multiple times the day before. PBI-Honduras laments: “Today we woke up to the news of the murder of journalist Luis Almendares.” Their post includes Read more…

Guapinol defenders and Berta Cáceres nominated for the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize

On September 28, Tilly Metz, a Member of the European Parliament from Luxembourg, tweeted this photo with the text: “Presenting @GreensEFA’s nomination for the #SakharovPrize: Imprisoned Guapinol defenders & Berta Cáceres.” She adds: “Honduras is not in the everyday media attention, although it has the highest record of killings of Read more…