PBI-Mexico accompanies Espacio OSC at the Dialogue on the protection of journalists and human rights defenders

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On June 9, PBI-Mexico tweeted:

“This June 8 and 9, we accompany #EspacioOSC and observe the Dialogue for the General Law Initiative for the Prevention and Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, held in Morelia #Michoacán.”

On Facebook, PBI-Mexico adds:

“Michoacán is the 4th federal entity with the most people incorporated into the Protection Mechanism.

Advocates demand federal and state authorities a model of protection from a cross-sectional, gender-based, and collective approach, and not from a public safety approach, according to declared by the #OSCSpace.

From PBI Mexico, we urge the government to integrate the contributions and petitions made by the participants in this dialogue and to ensure the protection of people who are at risk for their defense and denunciation work.”

Espacio OSC adds: “Currently there are 111 people assigned to the Federal Mechanism, among which are 95 defenders (59 women – 36 men) and 16 journalists (2 women – 14 men).”

For a series of tweets from Espacio OSC about the meeting, please click here.

Eleven reporters have been killed in Mexico since the start of 2022.

In March of this year, The Guardian reported that Armando Linares López, the director of a news website called Michoacán Monitor, was reportedly shot at least eight times on Tuesday afternoon outside his home in the city of Zitácuro, Michoacán.

In 2021, seven reporters were killed in Mexico, making it the most dangerous country for journalists for the third year in a row, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Forty-two human rights defenders were killed in Mexico in 2021.

Espacio OSC is accompanied by the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project.

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