Protection International is delighted to publish its ANNUAL REPORT 2016. This report captures a few of the highlights and achievements of a busy year.

They range from community exchanges in Colombia and Guatemala, to the development of guidelines on IT security for defenders in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our efforts in advocating for sound public policies for the protection of human rights defenders included interaction with the UN special procedures as well as with existing national protection mechanisms.

In contexts where such mechanisms are not available, we provided technical advice to defenders seeking to influence local legal and political agenda. In October 2016 the first PI country group saw the light, created by volunteers in Spain. Thanks to the commitment of our funders and the dynamism of our partners, Protection International continues to grow and has proved to be a resilient organisation at times of internal changes.

For this reason Protection International’s management and Board have committed to pay special attention to organisational and professional development. We believe that creating a culture of solidarity and respect for diversity are crucial if we are to meet the current challenges. Thus this year, while carrying out a restructuring of our international o ice to better reflect our governance structure, we also paid attention to re-invigorate our local partnerships.

As the world becomes more polarised and fragmented, it is more important than ever to support positive change-makers and build resilience of the human rights movement.

“Strong cooperation and solidarity with local partners and defenders has been Protection International’s trademark from the outset and will continue to be our main strategy to ensure that everyone has the right to defend human rights and fundamental freedoms without fear of threats or attack”.

See also our 2017 TOP IMPACT STORIES, a yearly publication of PI’s most vibrant achievements.