Civil Observation Mission in Mexico on the situation of human rights defenders

Between days 10 and 14 November, has conducted a Civil Observation Mission (MOC) in which a delegation of five experts on Human Rights visited Mexico to observe the situation of human rights defenders in the country.

This MOC was carried out under the project funded by the European Union “The protection of human rights defenders through its training and visibility“Implemented by the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH), Peace Brigades International (PBI) and Conexx-Europe.

The MOC has as main objectives:

  1. Publicly recognize the importance of defenders in Mexico, and know and visualize the risks and obstacles that defenders face in Mexico, particularly those who are part of groups at risk (Defenders / community / as, women defenders, advocates / as migrant, inter alia);
  2. Analyze and visualize the achievements and challenges of the various mechanisms and protection of human rights defenders have been implemented in Mexico;
  3. Visualize and analyze the implementation of the EU Guidelines Defenders in Mexico;
  4. Show to the authorities concerned suggestions for strengthening measures to achieve a favorable environment for defenders in Mexico.


Paralleled by the MOC has been released#HazQueSeVean website campaign in order to give visibility to the situation of human rights defenders, where each week deepens in a particular case and can access the petition campaign launched by Amnesty International require the authorities to act to Mexico stops being one of the most dangerous countries in the world for human rights defenders, inter alia. You can access to the website of the campaign here.

During his visit, the members of the MOC, accompanied by staff from the organizing institutions, visited the states of Guerrero, Oaxaca, Baja California and Mexico City. They met with defenders in the four entities to know the reality of this population in Mexico, as well as local and federal authorities for the actions they have developed in their favor. It also held meetings with civil society organizations and meetings with members of the diplomatic corps of the European Union.

La MOC has the support of personalities committed to human rights, and people awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Then, messages of solidarity from some of them:

The members of the Civil Observation Mission (MOC) his: Angelita Baeyens, lawyer, directora de Programas – Partners for Human Rights del Centro Robert F. Kennedy for Justice and Human Rights in Washington, DC; Tarcila Rivera Zea, journalist, President Chirapaq (Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru); Elvira Domínguez Redondo, lawyer, PhD degree in Law, is Professor of Law at the University of Middlesex (London, United Kingdom); Rosario Figari layus, sociologist at the University of Buenos Aires and researcher at the Institute for Interdisciplinary Research on Conflict and Violence (ICG) at the University of Bielefeld (Germany), and Eleanor Openshaw, lawyer, regional advocacy coordinator for the ISHR in New York.

Photo credits: CMDPDH.

The MOC was supported Amnesty International Mexico, Just Associates (JASS), el International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Front Line Defenders, Protection International (PI), Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center), the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (OMCT / FIDH) and the German Coordination for Human Rights in Mexico.



Press release of the MOC

Profile of the members of that MOC

The MOC in the press:

– Blog CMDPDH (Political Animal), 17 November 2014: The crisis in Mexico on human rights

– ISHR, 17 November 2014: Mexico: Address impunity and uphold the right to defend human rights

– Impartial (Oaxaca), 13 November 2014: Civil observation mission meets with supporters istmeños

– Cimac, 14 November 2014: Impunity undermines institutional work of defenders DH

– Fox, 14 November 2014: Human rights defenders and journalists become targets of crime in Mexico

– Process, 14 November 2014: Alert attacks on civilian mission on human rights defenders

– La Jornada de Oriente, 14 November 2014: International Mission documented case of political prisoners in Puebla

– La Jornada, 15 November 2014: Extreme vulnerability to human rights defenders: Foreign observers

– Middlesex University London, 9 December 2014: Middlesex Associate Professor returns from Mexican human rights mission