PBI is an international NGO that promotes nonviolence and the protection of human rights. Believing that lasting transformation of conflicts cannot be imposed from outside, but must be based on the capacity and desires of local people, PBI does not take part in the work of the organisations they accompany. Rather PBI opens political space and provides moral support for local activists to carry out their work without fear of repression.
Areas of Work
Protection of defenders at risk.
- PBI volunteers volunteers accompany threatened defenders in their work. When there is an attack or serious threat, PBI can activate an extensive, high-level network of parliamentarians, lawyers’ associations and development agencies around the world to put pressure on the government of the country in question.
- Accompaniment can be in cities or rural areas. When the level of threat is high, accompaniment can be around the clock. In other situations volunteers stay with threatened communities or remain in the offices of organizations, and accompany activists when they travel.
- Another form of accompaniment is regular phone calls to organizations to check on their safety.
- Protective accompaniment involves constant monitoring of the security situation of the accompanied organizations and the distribution of objective, accurate information regarding the situation.
International. PBI currently works in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nepal.
The website is available in English and Spanish. Country Groups also maintain websites in their own languages.