Forced disappearance: an open wound in Mexico

As we commemorate 4 years from the disappearance of the 43 students from the rural college of Ayotzinapa (Guerrero), PBI stands in solidarity with all those searching for their family members, coming up against unbearable impunity with strength and inspiring dignity.

The Human Rights Defenders fighting back against torture

"Torture remains unacceptable and unjustified at all times, including during states of emergency, political instability, or even in a war. On this day, let us also pay tribute to all those who stand in solidarity with victims and their families – and reaffirm our commitment to ending this abominable and useless practice."   Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General

Torture violates the inherent dignity of the human being. Its use creates societies based on fear and throttles the transformative potential of civil society.

Dina Meza, freedom of expression and of the press, Honduras

Dina Meza is a celebrated independent journalist, committed to defending freedom of expression and information. Her work focuses on supporting women, indigenous populations, youth groups, people of the LGBTI community and social communicators. She is the current President of PEN Honduras, an organisation that supports journalists at risk, as well as the founder and editor of the online newspaper ‘Pasos de Animal Grande’, which provides information and legal support to at-risk professionals, students and journalists.

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