PBI-Mexico: “The Escazú Agreement, a necessary tool for the fight against climate change”

The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project has posted this article in support of the Escazú Agreement. The Escazú Agreement has been described as the first treaty in history to include specific provisions to protect environmental defenders. The legally binding treaty was negotiated under the supervision of the United Nations Economic Commission Read more…

UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet calls for urgent action on human rights in Colombia, Honduras and Mexico

On September 14, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet presented a Global Human Rights Update to the Human Rights Council. That report noted: “The severe socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Americas region should alert all actors to the urgency of addressing the region’s profound inequalities Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanies Educa Oaxaca in the struggle against structural violence targeted at environmental defenders

Photo: In August 2019, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project attended Educa Oaxaca’s 25th anniversary colloquium ‘Challenges of the social and popular movement in the times of transformations in Mexico 1994-2019’. The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project accepted a request from Educa Oaxaca for accompaniment in May 2013, though PBI-Mexico’s relationship with Read more…

PBI-Mexico supports the work of CEMDA smeared by the Mexican president for their opposition to the Mayan Train megaproject

On August 28, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project tweeted: “We support the legitimate work of @CEMDA and it seems to us essential that the Mexican authorities recognize the fundamental work of human rights defenders.” The Associated Press reports: “Mexico’s president launched a blistering attack on several environmentalist groups Friday, suggesting Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanied Comité Cerezo report documents 1,659 acts of state violence against human rights defenders

The image reads: Defend human rights in Mexico: Impunity does not end. June 2019 to May 2020 Report. Free political prisoners. On August 24, Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders AC (ACCUDEDH), the Cerezo Mexico Committee and the National Campaign against Forced Disappearance released this report on human rights violations Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanied Educa Oaxaca opposes a new permit for the Vancouver-based Fortuna mine in San José del Progreso

Photo by El Muro. On July 27, the Oaxacan Collective in Defence of the Territories posted this statement that reports that the Compañía Minera Cuzcatlán, a subsidiary of Vancouver-based Fortuna Silver Mines Inc., has submitted an environmental impact assessment (MIA) for approval by the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Read more…

PBI-Mexico accompanied Espacio OSC says the situation for defenders and journalists has worsened with the pandemic

The Civil Society Organizations (OSC) Space (Espacio) for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Espacio_OSC) writes: “More than 5 months after [the Mexican government] decreeing the first measures to face the SARS-CoV-2 health emergency, attacks and limitations against defenders and journalists not only persist but have worsened. So Read more…

Indigenous Mixe women’s collective in Mexico prepares to reconnect their water supply and reclaim their right to water

The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project accompanies Codigo DH and Educa Oaxaca, two organizations that took part in the Civil Observation mission that reported on the denial of the right to water for the Indigenous Mixe community of Ayutla, Oaxaca. On May 18, PBI-Mexico posted on Facebook: “We express concern about Read more…