This Week in Ottawa: Breaking the Silence – Mexican human rights defenders to testify about worsening crisis

October 15, 2017 | By admin | Filed in: MexicoHuman Rights.

From October 16 to 18, a delegation of nine Mexican human
rights experts will be in Ottawa to shine a light on
the acute human rights crisis in Mexico. The visit is
taking place just days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s
state visit to Mexico.

During their visit, the Mexican human rights defenders will
testify to Parliament’s Subcommittee on
International Human Rights, as well as to members of the
Senate Human Rights Committee. The experts work in diverse
sectors such as women’s rights, forced disappearances and
torture, labour issues, journalism and freedom of
expression, indigenous rights, and mining-affected
communities. They will also meet with officials at Global
Affairs Canada, and have asked for a meeting with Foreign
Minister Chrystia Freeland to discuss Canada’s role in Mexico’s
human rights crisis, given the two countries’
relationship, NAFTA and Canadian mining companies’ investment
in Mexico. 

Please join us Tuesday
or Wednesday
for public events: 

Tues Oct 17th 2017, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
iPolitics Office 
17 York St., #201, Ottawa
This event will also be livestreamed

Wed Oct 18th 2017, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Carleton University
Room 608 Robertson Hall (Senate Room)
1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Delegation participants: 

  • Daniela Pastrana – Murder of journalists and freedom of
    expression, Journalist Network ‘Periodistas de a Pie’ 
  • Santiago Aguirre Espinosa – Forced disappearances and the
    case of the 43 students, Centro Prodh 
  • Gustavo Lozano – Mexican Network of Mining-Affected People
    and Collective Action-Guanajuato 
  • Julia Quiñonez – Women maquiladora workers and labour
    rights, Comité Fronterizo de Obreras 
  • Arturo Alcalde Justiniani – Labour rights lawyer

  • María Martín – Women’s rights and femicides, JASS
  • Roberto Abel Jiménez García – Teacher leader from Section
    22 (Oaxaca) of the National Education Workers Union (SNTE)
    and former political prisoner 
  • Araceli Tecolapa Alejo – Indigenous rights and forced
    disappearances in Guerrero, José Morelos y Pavón Human Rights

This event is co-sponsored by: 

Americas Policy Group – CCIC, Amnesty International Canada,
CoDevelopment Canada, MiningWatch Canada, Nobel Women’s
Initiative, Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine
(CDHAL), Inter Pares, Peace Brigades International, Public
Service Alliance of Canada Social Justice Fund, Steelworkers
Humanity Fund, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Latin
American and Caribbean Studies program, School of Journalism
and Communications – Carleton University, Canadian
Committee for World Press Freedom, and the Centre for Research
on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC). 


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