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  • 8 May 2019
    See our new Global Report about the work of all PBI entities across the world in 2018.  Find out about our project work in Latin America, Africa and Asia as well as stories from the human rights defenders we accompany.  Also see our financial summary, information about where our volunteers come from and the donors who make our work possible.
  • 29 April 2019
    Atoyac de Álvarez is a municipality in the State of Guerrero between the Sierra Madre del Sur and the Costa Grande, and as with many regions in Latin America, its veins remain open.  It´s history, throughout the so-called "Dirty War" in the 70s, is paradigmatic of the history of State violence in Mexico: human rights violations through the militarisation of the area, forced disappearances and killings.  If democracy fears remembering, and we become ill with amnesia, family members of disappeared people have incessantly sought their mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sist
  • 11 April 2019
    After two decades of struggle, the Rarámuri community of Choréachi in the Sierra Tarahumara mountain range achieved an important sentence in late 2018. The sentence dictates that the boundaries delineating their ancestral territory must be respected and that the logging permits that were illegally granted to a non-indigenous agrarian community, are invalid.
  • 3 April 2019
    During the Universal Periodic Review of Mexico in November 2018, 38 countries made recommendations relating to human rights defenders.  From these, 19 requested the strengthening of the Federal Protection Mechanism for Human Rights De
  • 29 March 2019
    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office after campaigning on a platform focused heavily on combating corruption and insecurity and bringing peace and reconciliation to the Mexican people. This report focuses on how the new government can approach an important aspect of this endeavor: creating a safer and more enabling environment for journalists and human rights defenders to carry out their important work.
  • 12 March 2019
    Author: Aluna Acompañamiento Psicosocial
  • 8 March 2019
    Because of their work in defense of human rights, women human rights defenders challenge the traditional gender roles of the patriarchal society that keeps women in the domestic sphere. Consequently, women human rights defenders often suffer from serious public defamation campaigns that aim to damage their reputation, accusing them, among others, of neglecting their family or of being in search of sexual partners. In addition, women human rights defenders are often targets of attacks, threats and harassment, also of a sexual nature.
  • 27 February 2019
    Photo credits: ReformaDuring the past few months, PBI along with other national and international organisations, has called attention to the extraordinary risk people defending their territory against economic projects are living through in Mexico and across the whole region of Latin America.  During the past weeks these warning have become a reality in Mexico, and unfortunately, the situation we foresaw is beginning to take place.
  • 20 February 2019
    In a context of debates and proposals in Mexico around the conformation of a National Guard in charge of pubic security, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) published it´s sentence in the Alvarado Case on 28th November 2018, an emblematic case of forced disappearances caused by the context of militarisation, that happened in 2009 in the State of Chihuahua.  An historic tragedy, this case tells of the various serious human rights issues in the country: forced disappearances, forced displacement, impunity and militarisation
  • 14 February 2019
    Understanding happiness as a form of resistance and rebellion is not always an east process, especially when there are so many reasons not to smile.Damian Gallardo was in prison for over 5 years, however, this wasn´t enough to dampen or silence his struggle.

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