23 September 2015
On 22 September in Mexico City, 21 Mexican women human rights defenders took part in a roundtable with 14 representatives of the diplomatic corps in Mexico, in which participants reflected on the implementation of the EU Guidelines on human rights defenders and on the prevention of violence against women. The roundtable was organised within the framework of an EU project which aims to develop tools to help Mexican WHRDs strengthen their capacities in areas crucial to their work. As part of the project, PBI is developing a learning platform to build defenders’ skills in advocacy and campaigning, awareness of national, regional and international protection mechanisms, and tools for reporting and documenting violations. This platform opens an educational space for the concept of integral protection and security through courses, workshops and roundtables in which participants can convey their protection needs to the diplomatic corps.
5 September 2015
“Sin la tierra no podemos vivir” “Without the land we cannot live”Land of Corn is the story of four environmental and land rights defenders in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Honduras. In 2014, a Global Witness report found 116 cases of killings of land and environmental defenders in 17 countries. Central and South America account for more than 75% of all deaths.
5 August 2015
The CEDEHM legally represents victims and families of femicide, enforced disappearances, torture, people trafficking, sexual and domestic violence, and furthermore litigates in the international and national sphere for protection measures for human rights defenders. The members of the Center explain that the work they do takes place in a context of violence in the state of Chihuahua, which claims a high rate of murders and threats against human rights defenders. According to the Center, Chihuahua is characterized by impunity, absence of political will on the part of state institutions, resource constraints as well as the constant threats from the main groups of power in the state. Due to threats, harassment and various security incidents, members of the organization have had precautionary measures issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights since 2008.
25 February 2015
PBI UK participates in Human Rights Parliamentary Roundtable on Mexico
4 November 2014
41 British MPs have signed EDM about missing Mexican students
20 December 2013
5 November 2013
In Brussels on 5 November 2013, a consortium made up of PBI UK, the Mexican Commission to Defend and Promote Human Rights (CMDPDH) and Conexx presented the project “Protecting human rights defenders through building capacity and visibility”.The three-year project is financed by the European Union and will provide human rights defenders (HRDs) in four Mexican states (Baja California, the Federal District, Guerrero and Oaxaca) with tools to help them strengthen their capacities in documentation, advocacy, profile-raising and media relations.
16 August 2012
In early August 2012, PBI facilitated a meeting between the UK Ambassador to Mexico, Judith Macgregor, and Father Solalinde Guerra, who runs a migrants’ shelter, Hermanos en el Camino, to talk about migrant rights and the threats that Father Solalinde has been receiving as a result of his work.We also facilitated a roundtable with other human rights defenders and journalists based in Oaxaca: Alba Cruz (Código-DH) spoke about impunity and the failures of the justice system in Oaxaca; Pedro Matías (journalist from Proceso magazine) spoke of the dangers facing journalists in Oaxaca; Nora Martínez (Barca-DH) spoke about the lack of protection of HRDs in Oaxaca and about the “invisible human rights defenders” in the communities of Oaxaca; Marco Leyva (from the human rights organisation Educa) spoke about the risks facing those who speak out about human rights abuses related to the exploitation of natural resources.
21 June 2012
Alejandro Cerezo Contreras, member of the Cerezo Committee and coordinator of Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders (ACUDDEH for its initials in Spanish), has been awarded the 2012 Aachen Peace Prize. The award recognises Alejandro’s work for human rights and the achievements of the Cerezo Committee.