Protection International is an international not-for-profit organisation. It researches strategies and security management tools that empower human rights defenders (HRDs), organisations and communities to protect themselves. PI shares its expertise in this area with people at risk due to their human rights work. PI sees human rights defenders as agents of change who form a pillar of free and just societies. In many parts of the world the defence of human rights evokes pressure, threats and attacks from state and non-state actors. PI works with the national/local human rights movement to develop strategies and programmes prevent and counter such counter pressure. PI tailors its approach to each context and profile. It works in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin-America, with presence in Thailand, Indonesia, Kenya, DR Congo, Burundi, Colombia, Guatemala, and Belgium (head-office).PI’s mission is three-fold:
• empowering HRDs to protect themselves;
• urging state authorities to fulfil their responsibility to protect HRDs;
• encouraging other stakeholders to contribute to protecting HRDS, or at least to respect their right to defend human rights.