Starting on 20 March, the National Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” announced the National Campaign “We Defend Hope” in favor of human-rights defenders. By means of this campaign, and for a year’s course, it has been proposed that there be shared different experiences of the defense and promotion of the human rights advanced by the 73 organizations that comprise the Network in 21 states of Mexico.
By means of this and other public acts to raise consciousness, the Network seeks to make-visible the contributions of rights-defenders in the construction of a more just society. During the launch of the campaign, Agnieszka Raczynska, Executive Secretary of the Network, observed that “the work of human-rights defenders is little-recognized in Mexico; on several occasions, it has been the authorities who defame those who defend human rights. Over the course of the last few years, rights-defenders have been threatened, surveiled, harassed, slandered, and physically assaulted, all because of the work they carry out in favor of the victims or the causes they defend.”
The campaign also proposes the integration and participation of society in general in these efforts, given that all people can be defenders of their own communities and places.
For more information (in Spanish):
Página de la Campaña “Defendamos la esperanza”
Boletín de prensa en el marco del lanzamiento de la Campaña (20 de marzo de 2013)
Defendamos la esperanza (La Jornada, 23 de marzo de 2013)