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The UN Special Rapporteur for indigenous people´s rights, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, undertook an oficial visit to Mexico from 8th til the 17th November with the objective of "examining the implementation of the reccommendations given by (her) predecessor, Special Rapporteur Rodolfo Stavenhagen in 2003, and to evaluate how Mexico has incorporated its international human rights committments in relation to indigenous peoples. 

 

Through meetings with state and federal authorities as well as with indigenous organisations and civil society groups in Mexico City, Guerrero, Chihuahua and Chiapas, she examined various issues that affect indigenous peoples. 

 

On 12th November, a meeting in the city of Chihuahua took place in which the Special Rapporteur met with representatives of the indigeous communities of the Sierra Tarahumara, together with the organisations that accompany them, such as Asmac (Sierra Madre Aliance), Cedehm (The Human Rights Centre for Women), Contec (Community Technical Consultancy), Tierra Nativa, Bowerasa and the Defense Network of the Sierra Tarahumara.  PBI accompanied the event, highlighting the legitimate work the human rights defenders carry out. 

 

The Special Rapporteur ended her visit on 17th November with a press conference in the UN Information Centre where she presented her preliminary findings and reccommendations.