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We condemn the murder of indigenous leader and human rights defender Berta Cáceres

March 4, 2016. The signatory networks and organisations who support the defence of human rights in Honduras, condemn the murder of Lenca indigenous leader Berta Cáceres, coordinator of the Civic Council of Grassroots and Indigenous Organisations in Honduras (Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras – COPINH), which occurred earlier on Thursday at her home in La Esperanza, Intibucá, Honduras.

Berta Cáceres spent her life defending the territorial and cultural rights of indigenous peoples, Garífuna peoples and peasants. She was recognised nationally and internationally as a human rights defender, particularly of the rights of women and indigenous peoples. In 2015 her work was internationally recognised when she received the Environmental Goldman Prize, the highest distinction for activists who work on the defence of territory, natural resources and Mother Earth. Berta, with her comprehensive vision of humanity that characterises indigenous cosmovisions, always stood in solidarity with the causes of other peoples.

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Human Rights & Democracy Network: Defender of the Month

David Ravelo, a prominent Colombian human rights defender, has to this date served five of the more than 18 years of prison he was condemned to, for allegedly plotting the murder of a Colombian public official in 1991.

The process was plagued with irregularities:

  • The accusation against David Ravelo was based on the testimony of incarcerated paramilitaries, one of which is currently being prosecuted for false testimony.
  • The public prosecutor in the case was a former lieutenant in the Colombian National Police who had been suspended for his alleged involvement in the forced disappearance of a young man in 1991, which according to Colombian law should have prevented him from working as Prosecutor.

Click to find out more about his case and to take action 

PBI is a member of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN), which is now launching a year-long campaign called: Stand 4 Human Rights Defenders. You can read the Launch Statement here.


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Our volunteers accompany human rights defenders in conflict areas

PBI has been promoting nonviolence and protecting human rights since 1981.

PBI's volunteers embody international concern for human rights on the ground.

PBI has protected the lives of hundreds of activists: our accompaniment creates space for local activists to work.

In 2014 PBI worked with more that 300 inspiring women and men, who put their lives at risk in order to defend the rights of others. Download our 2014 Annual Review.


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The work of PBI’s 13 country groups in Europe and the Americas is integral to the effectiveness of our protection of human rights defenders.

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People we protect

From peace communities  in Colombia, to indigenous organisations  in Guatemala,  and  lawyers in Mexico, we accompany a wide range of threatened activists. Learn about their courageous struggles for human rights against heavy odds.


Bearing Witness - a short film about PBI

This five minute film produced by Alan Ereira for PBI UK is an excellent short introduction to the work of PBI and how protective accompaniment works to protect human rights defenders who are threatened with violence. Watch the video.

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"International accompaniment is very important, because powerful interests will think twice before trying to attack us. There are always people on the street corners spying on us to watch our movements. When they see that internationals are entering our offices, this helps us tremendously. "
Aura Elena Farfán, Guatemalan Families of the Disappeared, Guatemala City (Guatemala)

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We invite you to watch the documentary film "30 years accompanying hope" (in Spanish) made by the PBI Guatemala Project as part of the activities carried out to celebrate 30 years since PBI arrived in the country. A "Photo Exhibition" complements the film.

Mexican Human Rights Defenders explain what PBI accompaniment has meant to them.
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Starting all over again, PBI accompanies farming families returning to their lands, Cesar, Colombia
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