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What we do

Accompaniment of a demonstration in Guatemala
Accompaniment of a demonstration in Guatemala

PBI Australia, one of many PBI country groups, provides support to international field projects in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, and Kenya. Some of the ways we do this are listed below:

Encourage civil society to bear witness as human rights observers

Every year, PBI’s field projects and country groups recruit, train and send 80 protective accompaniment volunteers into the field. The PBI volunteers come from all over the world and act as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the global community. Their presence, physically and symbolically, sends the message that the international community will not accept human rights violations or abuses. It is through this strategy of accompaniment and observation, that PBI literally saves lives.

Inform and support volunteers

PBI Australia ocasionally holds talks about PBI's work and the experience of being a volunteer in the field to introduce people to PBI, its principles and protective accompaniment strategy. It also acts as a starting point for volunteers interested in applying to Projects, as well as providing support to returned volunteers. Please follow our Facebook page to be notified of any public talks or get in touch via email.

Build a support network

PBI field volunteers are walking symbols of international support for human rights. Their presence sends the message that the international community will not accept human rights violations or abuses. Field volunteers are backed up by an international network of PBI members, politicians and representatives from the legal sector. Follow our Facebook page to stay up to date on Alerts that the projects send out, and what you can do to help.

Connect with PBI Australia

Testimony

"PBI is one of the most useful organisations [...] to concretely protect defenders"

Michel Forst - UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs


International Office, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT, U.K. Tel: +44 20 7065 0775
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