• Opening of the European Office of Peace Brigades International (pbi) in July 1998, today Protection International.

• First hearing on the new UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders in the European Parliament, in the presence of defenders from Colombia and Guatemala, invited by Protection International.

• Protection International supports Pbi’s peace building initiatives based on protective accompaniment for returning exiled leaders, and post-election observation in Haiti.

• Protection International starts a three-year pilot project for the protection of Human Rights Defenders with a grant from the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).