Interview conducted by PBI with Alberto Solís Castro, Executive Director of Services and Consultation for Peace (Servicios y Asesoría para la Paz -- SERAPAZ), an organization dedicated to positively transforming conflicts and fostering peace. They help indigenous and campesino movements that are defending their territory, environment and natural resources from large scale economic projects. SERAPAZ is member of the Espacio_OSC, which is accompanied by PBI.
For PBI, as for many other civil society organisations, 2017 posed significant challenges. The six years of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s administration have been characterised by a continuation of the widely-questioned security policies initiated during the presidency of his predecessor Felipe Calderón, and by a marked reduction in the political space available to Mexican and international civil society organisations.
Desde el 17 hasta el 23 de julio de este año, tres defensores de México, Guatemala y Honduras salieron de sus hogares hacia el norte del continente para participar en una gira de incidencia organizada por PBI en Washington DC. Las giras que organizamos en los Estado Unidos siempre tienen el objetivo de visibilizar la situación de seguridad de las personas defensoras de derechos humanos con actores claves que pueden incidir de alguna manera en la protección de dichas personas.
From the 17th til the 23rd of July this year, three human rights defenders from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras left their homes and headed North of the contient in order to participate in a speaker tour organised by PBI in Washington DC. The tours we organise to the United States are always aimed at shedding light on the security situation for human rights defenders before key actors who can advocate in some way to improve their protection on the ground.
Chihuahua is one of the most dangerous areas of Mexico for the defense of human rights and journalism. According to the National Network of Civilian Human Rights Organisms "All Rights for All" (Red TDT), Chihuahua is the state with the highest number of human rights defenders killed and the state with the second highest number of journalists killed. Considering these attacks, a high percentage of human rights defenders count on precautionary protection measures given by the Inter-American Commi
On 1st July 2018 general elections will take place in Mexico, which as well as determining the presidency for the next 6 years, coincide with several local elections. These will be the largest elections in Mexican history with 3,400 positions being decided.
The past two sessions (167 and 168) of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) in 2018, saw a panorama of hearings about Mexico which offer a bleak overview of the human rights situation in the country. These cases confirm the human rights crisis that the IACHR observed in their insitu visit to Mexico in 2015. The impacts of public security policies and the prevalence of impunity in cases of human rights violations were also highlighted. These violations not only represent obstacles for the development of peaceful societies, but also represent serious challenges f