Presentation of book “Accompanying hope: 20 experiences in defense and promotion of human rights” in Chilpancingo (@RedTdt)
On 10 February in Chilpancingo, Guerrero, there was held a book presentation of “Accompanying hope: 20 experiences in defense and promotion of human rights,” which forms part of the campaign “Let us defend hope” as promoted by the Network “All Rights for All” (TdT).
On the panel for the presentation were the following persons: Javier Hernández Valencia, representative in Mexico of the UN High Commissioner’s Office on Human Rights; Edgar Cortez, from the Mexican Institute for Human Rights and Democracy; Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights; and Agnieszka Raczynska, executive director of TdT. All speakers agreed on the gravity of the situation of those displaced by violence in the state.
The TdT Network also reiterated its concern for the situation faced by human-rights defenders in Guerrero, given that amidst a generalized situation of violence, this state has registered the highest number of attacks (including murders) against rights-defenders in Mexico. “These communal defenders are those who, in the majority of cases, find themselves at greatest vulnerability of being criminalized, repressed, and above all delegitimized, especially when their communities organize themselves against private interests comprised of powerful groups that promote developmental models that are foreign to the vision of local peoples or who impose violence and fear,” noted Edgar Cortez.
For more information (in Spanish):
Expresan OSC preocupación por incremento de agresiones y asesinatos contra líderes sociales, defensores y defensoras en Guerrero (Comunicado de la RedTdt, 10 de febrero de 2014)
Alarma a la ONU el éxodo por violencia en Guerrero (La Jornada, 10 de febrero de 2014)
Guerrero, entre los estados más riesgosos para defensores de derechos humanos: ONG (la Jornada de Guerrero, 11 de febrero de 2014)