In Defense of Life

In Defense of Life: Land, Territory and Environmental Defenders at Risk, December 2017

Land, territory and environmental defenders face extreme levels of risk throughout Mexico. This publication explores the risks and obstacles they face, their protection needs and the strategies that many have developed to be able to continue their work, despite grave danger.

In Defense of Life: Land, Territory and Environmental Defenders at Risk 


Mexico's Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists: Progress and Continued Challenges 2016

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and PBI publish a report on the advances and challenges related to the implementation of the Governmental Protection Mechanism in Mexico. 

Mexico's Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists: Progress and Continued Challenges 2016


Peace in Mexico? Security and Human Rights, January 2015

Peace Brigades International launches its new thematic bulletin “Peace in Mexico? Security Strategies and Human Rights”, which discusses the issue of public security from the perspective of human rights defenders, highlighting the impact that the current violent context and the public security strategies have on the defence of human rights. 

Peace in Mexico? Security and Human Rights, January 2015


Undermining the Land, November 2011

Over the previous year, profits for mining rose to 15,474 million US dollars, 51% more than in 2009. Since then, Mexico is also the world’s top producer of silver. These figures are in contrast with the situation of campesino and indigenous communities affected by mining exploitation and exploration activities. In this publication, PBI gives a voice to the human rights defenders who are faced with big economic interests and who are fighting for their right to the land and to a clean environment.

Undermining the Land, November 2011


How Many More? The need for a governmental protection mechanism for human rights defenders

PBI Mexico presents information on the need for a Govermental Protection Mechanism for HRDs in Mexico. 

How Many More? The need for a governmental protection mechanism for human rights defenders


Mexico Before The Inter-American Court

This bulletin from PBI consists of two articles about emblematic cases which have recently appeared before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The first article covers the cases of Valentina Rosendo Cantú and Inés Fernández Ortega, two indigenous women raped by members of the army in 2002. Both women live in a situation of grave insecurity and receive accompaniment from PBI. The second articule details the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla in 1974 and the serach for justice which his daughter Tita, who is accompanied by PBI, has carried out.

Mexico Before The Inter-American Court


Human Rights Defenders Behind Bars, January 2010

In this publication, PBI has chosen to address the issue of human rights defenders who are imprisoned and accused of committing crimes. We will also deal with political prisoners in Mexico, individuals who are rarely presented by that name. In recent years, we have observed a process in which the distinction between “political prisoner” and “unjustly imprisoned human rights defender” has become murky. PBI aims to highlight cases about which it is directly aware. Here, beyond questions of definitions, we are faced with situations in which defenders, men and women, are either serving jail terms or facing arrest warrants. Many of these warrants are based on dubious legal principles or have been executed with violations of due process.

Human Rights Defenders Behind Bars, January 2010


UPR: Mexico was Evaluated, September 2009

During 2009 Mexico has been subject to a high level of attention at the international level. The United Nations Human Rights Council, in the context of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), has carried out a first review of the respect of fundamental rights in this country. UN bodies, NGOs, the Mexican government as well as 56 states from the international community have all participated in the review.In this Special Bulletin, PBI Mexico hopes to highlight the UPR process, the recommendations accepted by the Mexican government and the concerns of the civil society about the recommendations Mexico refused.

UPR Mexico was evaluated, September 2009


Silenced: Violence against Human Rights Defenders in the South of Mexico, May 2009

Peace Brigades International (PBI) has maintained an international presence in the municipality of Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero since 2003, accompanying indigenous organizations and human rights lawyers who suffer serious threats as a result of their work to defend fundamental rights. With this special bulletin, PBI intends to provide information regarding the particularly difficult situation faced by human rights defenders in Ayutla.

Silenced Violence against Human Rights Defenders in the South of Mexico, May 2009