The midday sun burns relentlessly on the small patio of Santa María Mixtequilla (SMM) in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, where 50 people have gathered. Some of the women try to keep cool with paper fans, while the men wear large sombreros to alleviate the heat of Istmo. An elderly man stands up and speaks decisively, while the crowd shows their support for his words with subtle movements of their heads: “they want to pay us for a metre of land with the value of a kilo of tortillas”.
Las luchas por la defensa del agua en el estado de Puebla, y en particular en Santa María Zacatepec (SMZ), son un referente para América Latina por su tenacidad y capacidad de evidenciar los impactos de los megaproyectos y el accionar de las empresas transnacionales sobre los territorios de las comunidades originarias.
During the pandemic, the construction of energy and infrastructure megaprojects continued, as they were considered essential activities.
On March 11, 2021, the parallel event took place within the framework of the 46th session of the UN Human Rights C
El día 11 de marzo 2021, tuvo lugar el evento paralelo en el marco del 46º periodo de sesiones del Consejo de Derechos Humanos de la ONU: “Hacia la erradicación de asesinatos y amenazas contra personas d
Advanced a decade ago by Mexican civil society and international bodies, the introduction of the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Mecanismo de Protección para Personas Defensoras de Derechos Humanos y Periodistas) was a significant step forward for human rights in Mexico. However, the Mechanism continues to demonstrate notable deficiencies and concerning failures in the high-risk context faced by Mexican human rights defenders (HRDs).
Since the opening of PBI’s office in Chihuahua in 2013, we have established connections with various civil society organisations, including the Sierra Madre Alliance (Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C., ASMAC) which we have formally accompanied since 2018.
In July 2019, PBI accompanied the seventh revision of the Contingency Plan’s working tables, which is a preventive strategy. The report “Turning the Tide on Impunity”, published by WOLA and PBI, values this public policy as an advance of the Federal Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.
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.
From PBI we observe certain important actions from AMLO´s new government that favour the protection of human rights defenders in Mexico, however at the same time we have noted a few tendencies that concern us. In this article we look at a few achievements and challenges for the new government and the reactions from Mexican and international civil society about the first few weeks of the MORENA government.