Deep in the mountains of Western Sierra Madre, in the North East of Mexico, is the rarámuri community of Choréachi, located in the municipality of Guadalupe y Calvo, over 16 hours away from Chihuahua. Choréachi is located between the states of Sinaloa, Durango and Chihuahua, in a rocky and mountainous area with dangerous and difficult-to-access dirt roads.
On March 10, 2021, PBI-Canada organized a virtual meeting for Isela Gonzalez of Alianza Sierra Madre (ASMAC) in Chihuahua, Neftali Reyes of Services for an Alternative Education (Educa) in Oaxaca, and Rubén Flores from the community of Magdalena Ocotlán.
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
Within the project “Campaign of political incidence at the international level for the protection of human rights defenders from Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras”, presented by PBI Catalunya and financed by the Provincial Deputation of Barcelona (DIBA), the journalists Xavier Sulé and Marta Saiz are publishing a series of articles resulting from extensive conversations with human rights defenders accompanied by PBI in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
En el marco del proyecto “Campaña de incidencia política a nivel internacional para la protección de personas defensoras de derechos humanos de México, Guatemala y Honduras”, presentado por PBI Catalunya y financiado por la Diputación de Barcelona (DIBA), las personas periodistas Xavier Sulé y Marta Saiz están publicando, en medios de difusión internacional, una serie de artículos fruto de extensas conversaciones con defensoras y defensores de Derechos Humanos acompañados por PBI en México, Guatemala y Honduras.
On August 9, the International Day of Indigenous Peoples was commemorated under the theme "COVID-19 and the resilience of indigenous peoples", recognizing the effort of indigenous communities to seek their own solutions to the pandemic through knowledge and traditional practices1.
"We oppose development that reduces our forests, that destroys our lands" (...) With the pandemic we will have to live the rest of our lives. "
Jorge Sibas, leader of the Brörán people and Costa Rican defender.
Obtilia Eugenio Manuel defends the rights of the Tlapanec people in the state of Guerrero and founded the Organisation of the Me'phaa Indigenous People (Organización del Pueblo Indígena Me’phaa, OPIM). In November 2019 she received Mexico’s National Human Rights Prize in recognition of her “significant trajectory in effectively promoting and defending” basic human rights. PBI accompanied Manuel between 2005 and 2011.
How and when did you start defending human rights?
For more than a decade, totonaca indigenous communities in the Sierra Norte de Puebla have fought for the survival of their traditions and the defense of their territory. In January of this year, they won an important legal battle against the building of a hydroelectric dam with the local municipality revoking the permits for Puebla 1 to be built, due to illegal activities in the administrative processes.