Peace Brigades International (PBI) has released its 2011 report in which it stresses that during the year 2011 “the situation of risk for human-rights defenders and social activists in Mexico worsened, reflecting the increase in generalized violence [...]. The numbers of dead, disappeared, and others affected by this conflict continues to rise, with 12000 dead just in 2011.”
In light of this lack of security and protection for defenders, the PBI Mexico project has broadened its scope within the country and at the international level toward the end of catalyzing the creation of governmental and non-governmental mechanisms of protection.
PBI Mexico has since 2011 engaged in international accompaniment in the states of Guerrero and Oaxaca y in Mexico City. It has covered the risks and initiatives developed by rights-defenders at the national and international levels. It has put special emphasis on the creation of a Mechanism of Protection and has stressed communal and environmental rights as well. PBI Mexico is considering opening offices in other regions of the country, thus seeking more flexibility to react more rapidly to the petitions it receives.
For more information (in Spanish):
Informe Anual 2011 (PBI México)
Peace Brigades International presenta su informe 2011 (Cencos, 2 de abril 2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):