Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a unique international organisation promoting nonviolent approaches to peacebuilding and protecting human rights defenders since 1981.
PBI Ireland, founded in 2014, is part of a community of country groups worldwide who work to strengthen and support the protection of human rights defenders that we offer in our field projects. We promote nonviolent approaches to conflict resolution and contribute towards building a culture of human rights that we believe will lead to a more just and peaceful world.
(Banner Photo by PBI Colombia)
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In August 2018, PBI Ireland provided the following submission to the consultation process on Ireland's new policy for international development via the Department of Foreign Affairs. In this submission, PBI Ireland proposes that the new Policy should include the following specific elements:
The White paper should recognise the vital role of human rights defenders as peacebuilders.
Irish Aid should resource, and Irish diplomatic should facilitate, peace and human rights accompaniment through partnership with civil society organisations.
Recognition of the role of women is critical to the effective implementation of all programmes.
Ireland should develop an integrated and sustained approach to peacebuilding.
In December 2018, PBI Ireland provided input to the consultation process for Ireland's 3rd National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. PBI Ireland used this opportunity to highlight the need to improve mechanisms under WPS for protecting and empowering women and women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in conflict and post-conflict settings. It draws on PBIs experience working alongside WHRDs in our field projects to propose concrete measures that Ireland can take to improve i)conflict prevention; ii)women's economic and political empowerment; and iii) protection and empowerment not only in conflict but in post-conflict contexts as well.
This March, we are privileged to host two human rights defenders from Colombia and Guatemala.