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Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights

Liam Mahony and Luis Enrique Eguren
Unarmed Bodyguards: International Accompaniment for the Protection of Human Rights
ISBN: 978-1-62637-200-9
1997/288 pages/LC: 96-37848
A Kumarian Press Book
"There are many lessons here of great human significance, if we choose to learn them."—Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"An important contribution.... These testimonies convey a sense of hope, born of solidarity, and ripened through walking side by side with people."—Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Laureate

"Mahoney and Eguren reaffirm the importance of the noble labor of accompaniment and its contribution to the survival and strengthening of organizations struggling for respect of human rights." —Rigoberta Menchú, Nobel Peace Laureate

"This book is a touching testimony to the courage of the people who provided international protective presence for people in the extreme distress of terrorism, torture, and death squads. With profoundly humane acts of solidarity, they not only saved lives, but also shamed many guns into silence. Read them, support them, join them!”"—Johan Galtung, TRANSCEND

"A masterly empirical and theoretical explanation of the power of nonviolent protective accompaniment as a technique for generating safe political action spaces in situations of tyrannical or arbitrary rule. It is a vital source for conflict resolution practitioners, human rights activists, and students of political science."—Kevin P. Clements, George Mason University


For years international accompaniment has been successfully implemented as a way to protect threatened human rights activists throughout the world. In this book, Mahoney and Eguren present examples of the inspirational practice from Latin America, the Caribbean, and South Asia.

Interviews with those involved in international accompaniment, with the individuals who were being protected, and with those who posed the threats provide valuable insight into what international accompaniment is really about.


Liam Mahoney is a pioneer in the theory and practice of international protection. Luis Enrique Eguren is a member of the Colombia Project of Peace Brigades International.