Peace Brigades International (PBI) UK Section

The Right to Defend: Supporting Human Rights

Every day human rights defenders speak out for the rights of others, risking their livelihoods, their liberty and in many cases their lives. Help us defend and protect these heroes, by providing the life-saving tools and support that increase their security and help make their voices heard.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1101016)

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  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Information/AdviceInformation/Advice


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
  • Minority GroupsMinority Groups


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Human rights defenders – people who take a stand against injustice and human rights abuses - are all too often at risk. Their work can make them vulnerable – governments, businesses, armed groups, police and security services, even members of their own communities can attack them for speaking out and questioning authority. Globally, attacks, abductions, and even assassinations are all on the increase.


Solidarity with human rights defenders will change the world. PBI works with over 1,000 activists and grassroots movements (which benefit around 1 million of the world’s most marginalised individuals) in some of the world's most dangerous countries. We stand with defenders at-risk to keep them safe and support them to increase their capacity, monitor their security, and improve their psychological wellbeing, and show them they're not alone. Our support saves lives.

  • When they explode dynamite, they pollute the rivers. The poison the bomb ends up in the freshwater springs and kills the animals and fish. There is no prior informed consultation, which is a violation of human rights. This is why we are defending our land: we are obliged to defend our common home.

    — Kevin Vásquez - co-founder of the Association of Defenders of Common Goods in Quimistán, Honduras

  • A displaced farmer living in the city ends up living as a disposable individual, doing whatever they can to survive. No company will hire us because we never had the right to education. A landless peasant is like a child without their mother. I think the right to land tenure is a sacred right.

    — Jesus Emilio Tuberquia - legal representative for Peace Community of San Jose de Apartado, Colombia

  • We defend the rights of the people that the politicians don't want to help. We will carry on because it's wonderful. Because we are not alone. Because there is a community who are fighting a peaceful battle with dignity. At some point, human dignity will triumph.

    — Alberto Xicotencatl - Director of the Saltillo Migrant Shelter, Mexico