Mexican megaproject implicated in 226 attacks against community defenders promoted in Spain, Germany, Belgium and the US

Video: Margherita Forni of PBI-Mexico (in green vest) speaks (starting at 35:26) at the observation mission media conference, July 27, 2023. On June 27, El Universal Oaxaca reported: “The Interoceanic Corridor of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec (CIIT) project has been developed in Oaxaca through authoritarian methods that include cases of Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanies the 4th Consultation Forum in Sonora for the Strengthening of Protection for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists

PBI-Mexico has posted: “Last Saturday [July 6] we were accompanying the 4th Consultation Forum in Sonora for the Strengthening of the Protection of Defenders of #HumanRights and Journalists organized by the @IniSinaloa [Initiative Sinaloa, a non-profit civil organization that works in defence of human rights].” Iniciativa Sinaloa also posted:”4th Consultation Read more…

PBI-Colombia accompanies CAHUCOPANA at #DefendamosLaVida meetings with the European Union in Colombia

Photo: Carlos Arturo Morales Mallorga of CAHUCOPANA with members of the PBI-Colombia team and others in Bogota, July 2. On July 1, Peace Brigades International-Colombia, Race and Equality, Protection international, the International Office of Human Rights Action Colombia (OIDHACO), and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT) expressed appreciation that the Read more…

UN Special Rapporteur says Canada fails to protect human rights defenders who raise concerns about Canadian companies

The Globe and Mail reports: “The federal government’s failure to protect human-rights advocates who raise concerns over the activity of Canadian corporations abroad is tarnishing the country’s global reputation, a United Nations official said in an interview.” “Mary Lawlor, the UN special rapporteur on human-rights defenders, said Canada should strengthen Read more…

PBI-Canada meets with UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Mary Lawlor during her visit to Ottawa

On June 26, PBI-Canada coordinator Brent Patterson took part in a civil society meeting with Mary Lawlor, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Michael Phoenix, Head of Research and Campaigns. We raised our concerns related to Frontera Energy, TC Energy and Enbridge and Read more…

Peace Brigades International supports Declaration +25 with new provisions to protect human rights defenders

Peace Brigades International (PBI) supports Declaration +25, “a landmark document systematising relevant developments in regional and international human rights law and standards of the last 25 years.” Declaration +25 addresses key issues that were not fully addressed by the Declaration on human rights defenders that was adopted by consensus by Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanies the Forum on the Situation of Environmental Defenders on World Environment Day

PBI-Mexico has posted: “#WorldEnvironmentDay Today [June 5] we accompany the Forum on the Situation of Environmental Defenders: Challenges in the framework of World Environment Day together with @CEMDA [Mexican Centre for Environmental Law], @CDHZL [the “Zeferino Ladrillero” Human Rights Center] and @EspacioOSC [Space of Civil Society Organizations for the Protection Read more…

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with Mexican President-elect Claudia Sheinbaum amidst human rights concerns

Photo: Claudia Sheinbaum. On Monday June 3, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with Claudia Sheinbaum, the President-elect of Mexico. The read-out from the conversation between Trudeau and Sheinbaum notes: “They underscored the importance of growing our economies and delivering fairness for every generation through the Canada-United States-Mexico [trade] Agreement. Read more…

At least 300 human rights defenders killed in 2023: Front Line Defenders report

Image from video for the report. Front Line Defenders reports: “In 2023, the HRD Memorial documented the killings of 300 HRDs in 28 countries” including 142 in Colombia, 30 in Mexico, 19 in Honduras and 6 in Guatemala where Peace Brigades International accompanies defenders. Among their findings: – “Indigenous peoples’ Read more…