PBI Ireland raise awareness in Ireland about nonviolent conflict resolution, human rights, and the people who defend human rights in the countries where PBI has projects.
Since we began working in Ireland, we have hosted visiting human rights defenders from Kenya, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, and Honduras as they raise awareness internationally about the work they carry out and the risks they face in doing so. We have brought their stories and experiences to a range of Irish organizations, universities, key influencers, and policy makers with the intention of increasing support and protection for them as they return to their countries to continue with their important work.
In 2016, we met with members of the Irish Bar Association, Mediation Northern Ireland, SIPTU, and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions; with representatives of the Human Rights Unit, the Conflict Resolution Unit and the Latin America and Caribbean Desk at the Department of Foreign Affairs; with members of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs; with organizations such as Front Line Defenders, Trócaire, Christian-Aid Ireland, the Latin America Solidarity Centre, Comhlámh, Amnesty Ireland; and with various students and academics at UCD, DCU, DIT, NUI Galway, Trinity College, and Queens University.
We also carried out three fundraising events to raise money for our activities here in Ireland and in order to support the field projects overseas. We are run completely by volunteers and owe all of our activities to their dedicated commitment and support.
We have carried out two nonviolence training's, focusing on the signature method used in many of our field projects - international protective accompaniment. In 2016, 3 people who took part in our training's our now currently volunteering on our projects in Mexico and Kenya.