Peace Brigades International provides protection, support and recognition to local human rights defenders who work in areas of repression and conflict and have requested our support.
What we do
We advocate at all levels – from the soldier at a local check point to national governments and international bodies like the UN – for international human rights accountability.
Our international volunteers on the ground send a powerful message that the world is watching and prepared to act.
Building political networks
PBI field volunteers are walking symbols of international support for human rights defenders at risk.
Establishing ongoing dialogue and relationships with political decision makers is a key element of PBI UK’s support for threatened defenders. Through our support network, PBI can call upon influential individuals and groups in times of emergency or heightened threat.
Recruiting and training field volunteers
Recruiting and training volunteers and keeping them safe in the field is essential to protective accompaniment, providing visible international support and credible fact-finding.
Using discussions, presentations and role-plays, our two day orientation weekends explore PBI’s role and how protective accompaniment works. The emphasis is on looking constructively at how volunteers might react in a range of situations and helping candidates reflect on their suitability and readiness to become field volunteers.