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New report: Criminalisation of Human Rights Defenders
Human rights defenders (HRDs) play a crucial role in ensuring that fundamental rights are upheld, and that victims are able to pursue justice. However, their work is often challenged and undermined by state and non-state actors who wish to maintain the status quo. Quasi-legal tactics such as smear campaigns and baseless charges and prosecutions are increasingly being used to silence and impede the peaceful activities of HRDs. Read more and download the report.
PBI makes submission to new UN Working Group on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
At its seventeenth session, the United Nations Human Rights Council decided to establish a Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, to promote respect for human rights by business of all sizes, in all sectors, and in all countries. PBI was one of the organisations that submitted recommendations to help the Working Group establish its programme of work. Read PBI’s submission.
Juliet Stevenson and Samuel West become PBI patrons
We are extremely pleased to welcome the actors Juliet Stevenson and Samuel West as patrons of PBI UK. Well known for their support to social justice causes and human rights, both actors gave up their time to perform at PBI’s 30th Anniversary Gala in November. PBI is enormously grateful for their support. See all our patrons.
PBI volunteer wins human rights campaigner of the year
Daniel Slee, a British volunteer in Colombia with PBI, won the title of "Human Rights Campaigner of the Year" in the inaugural LUKAS awards. The website Latino Life UK created the awards to celebrate Latin culture in the UK, with categories that covered numerous genres, from entertainment to public services. More.
Women human rights defenders in Mexico - report
Women human rights defenders (WHRD) do the same work as their male counterparts, and face many of the same challenges and threats as a result. However, women face additional obstacles and threats on account of their gender; They suffer threats, stigma, social rejection and worse, not only because they are promoting and defending the rights of others, but also because they are women doing that work.
The PBI team in Mexico will launch its report on women human rights defenders (WHRDs) on 8 March - International Women’s Day. It will be available on PBI UK’s website on (or soon after) that date.
Please help PBI to continue protecting human rights defenders by making a donation to PBI today
Every donation matters: Giving £5 a month covers regular phone calls to check on a defender's safety and wellbeing. Giving £10 a month enables weekly visits to provide moral and practical support to a defender at their place of work. Giving a one-off donation of £125 helps PBI activate its support network when a defender is in extreme danger.
Make a donation now via JustGiving or download a donation form
Sadly, the need to protect human rights defenders remains as pressing as ever.
This is our February update (albeit issued on March 1st). We won’t be issuing one for March, as Emma - PBI UK’s communications officer - is on leave for a month. Our next update will be in mid April.
Once again, thank you for all your continuing support and interest in PBI. If you have any queries or questions about our work, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Emma, and everyone at PBI UK
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