The high profile and tragic deaths of human rights activists like Rachel Corrie and Tom Hurndall, have highlighted the risks taken by volunteers who chose to work as human shields. To mark the 25th anniversary of the charity Peace Brigades International, Woman’s Hour explores the relationship between one volunteer Helen Woodcock who’s provided protection to Dominga Vasquez, a campaigner for the rights of the indigenous Mayan Indians and the rights of women in Guatemala, where human rights abuses are an everyday occurrence.
Dominga and Helen are being recognised for their work at the International Service Human Rights Awards at the House of Commons tonight.
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