PBI-Mexico accompanies Consorcio Oaxaca and CODIGO DH at launch of ‘The Time Is Now’ report

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On October 15, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project posted, “Today, we accompanied Consorcio Oaxaca and CODIGO DH in the presentation of the report ‘The Time Is Now, Effective public policies for the right to defend human rights’, prepared by the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL ) and Protection International (PI).”

Consortium Oaxaca promotes a state-level legislative framework that supports women’s rights and focuses on on gender-based violence and women’s rights. CODIGO DH attends to and supports the victims of serious human rights violations.

The PBI-Mexico Facebook post adds, “The report highlights that the human rights defenders and journalists are under systematic attack because of their work, having to face harassment and intimidation, physical aggressions, arbitrary detentions, criminalization, displacement and even murder.”

Consorcio Oaxaca has tweeted:

– “The premise of the Report is that there has been progress but not enough. ‘It’s time now’ to integrate effective policies because they continue to criminalize, persecute and kill DH defenders.” – Guillermo Rodríguez

-“The participation of human rights defenders, especially, and other actors, is a fundamental requirement to design a policy that responds to the need to guarantee the right to defend human rights.” – Yesica Sánchez Maya

-“Existing mechanisms address the problem through a narrow focus on security and risk, leaving aside key aspects such as structural violence and the figure of the perpetrator of the aggressions.” – Enrique Eguren”

-“In Oaxaca, laws regarding the protection of journalists are being promoted but they do not respond to the context of the state, especially when the authorities are the same perpetrators.” – Antonio Mundaca”

– “Currently in Oaxaca there are no protection measures for defenders, being necessary to move to the generation of differentiated policies, which allow to counteract the limitations and aggressions they suffer day by day.” – Sara Mendez”

The 2018 edition of the report can be read in English here.

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