Peace Brigades International announcements

Peace Brigades International are an organisation you may already be aware of: they train and place accompaniers in various countries of the world. In their own words: "PBI is an international NGO that has been promoting nonviolence and protecting human rights since 1981", and after their founding the second country they had a presence in was Guatemala. Though they withdrewfor a few years after the signing of the peace accords they have returned and have a programme there again. If you are interested in becoming an accompanier  they will be holding their next orientation weekend from 4-6 September in Buckinghamshire. You can find details here, along with an application form if you are interested in attending.

Alternatively, don’t forget that GSN also has an accompaniment programme, as described here.

For those who live in London and would like to hear about their work directly you can attend an event they are holding on 15 June where Mexicn human rights defender Vidulfo Rosales of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre, Guerrero will be speaking. PBI have a programme of accompaniment in Guerrero. Here is their invitation to the event:

Date: 15 June
2009

Time:
6.30pm

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers,
53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

 

 

 

Invitation to talk by Mexican human
rights lawyer Vidulfo Rosales

of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human
Rights Centre (Guerrero, Mexico)

 

We would like to invite you to a special
talk from Vidulfo Rosales who will be visiting the UK to present the current
crisis facing human rights lawyers and advocates for indigenous rights in
Mexico.

 

Since March 2009 the Tlachinollan Centre
has been closed due to an increased level of threats, harassment and aggression
made against its members and their families. The centre remains closed in spite
of receiving protection measures on 9 April from the Inter-American Court of
Human Rights (IACHR). The lawyers in the Centre give crucial support to the poor
and deprived communities of Guerrero (one of Mexico’s poorest regions),
including legal advice and representation to the families of human rights
defenders who have been killed because of their work.

 

Over the past year, organisations in
Guerrero working to defend the rights of indigenous people have faced repeated
and deadly attacks. On 13 February, Raúl Lucas Lucía and Manuel Ponce Rosas, the
President and Secretary of the Organisation for the Future of the Mixteco People
(OFMP) disappeared during a community event and seven days later the men’s
bodies appeared bearing signs of torture. One year earlier, Lorenzo Fernández
Ortega, a member of the Organisation of Indigenous Me’phaa People (OPIM), was
also kidnapped, tortured and extra-judicially executed. Five members of OPIM who
were declared prisoners of conscience by Amnesty International were imprisoned
for one year based on unfounded criminal charges.

 

Peace Brigades International operates a
team of international observers in Guerrero and has documented numerous attacks
against indigenous organizations as well as the use of criminalisation to
prevent them from carrying out their vital work. Ongoing impunity for those
perpetrating these attacks and the use of unfounded criminal charges to
stigmatise social activists are of serious concern to PBI and have created a
dire human rights situation in Mexico.

 

If you would like to hear more about
the crisis facing Vidulfo and his fellow human rights defenders in Mexico,
please send us an email to register for the event as soon as
possible.

 

Please RSVP by email:
susibascon ‘at’  peacebrigades.org.uk

(replace ‘at’ with @ -we’re trying to avoid spammers)

 

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