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Mexican law aims to halt journalist killings – Panos London interviews PBI

Mexico is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist today. PBI was among 11 international human rights organisations that urged Mexico to approve the Law to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, which was drawn up by a group of Mexican non-governmental organisations and passed on 30 April.
The new law is intended to be a protection mechanism for journalists and human rights defenders (and their families) threatened because of their work, and includes urgent prevention measures to be rapidly deployed, such as police protection, bodyguards, armoured cars, bulletproof vests, evacuation and temporary relocation.
Yet in the same week as the law was passed, four journalists were killed in the state of Veracruz, including Regina Martinez, a correspondent for the political magazine Proceso who was found strangled in her home.
Siobhan Warrington of Panos London asked Susi Bascon, Graciela Martínez and Susana Nistal of PBI about the new law. More

Criminalised for peacefully protecting the right to a healthy environment

Reverend José Pilar Álvarez, of theAssociation to protect Las Granadillas Mountain (APMG), was in London from 28-31 May, seeking to increase awareness and support for the work of APMG and other environmental human rights defenders in Guatemala who are similarly threatened because of their work. Read more

Alejandro Cerezo to receive German Peace Prize

Mexico City.- Alejandro Cerezo, member of the Cerezo Committee, and coordinator of Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders (ACUDDEH for its initials in Spanish), has been awarded the 2012 Aachen Peace Prize. The award recognises Alejandro’s work for human rights and the achievements of the Cerezo Committee. Read more 

Peasant Enterprise Zones – a solution to Colombia’s Land Woes?

Yenly Méndez, legal adviser to the Peasant Association of the Cimitarra River Valley (ACVC), was in London from 23-25 May. PBI interviewed her about the Peasant Enterprise Zone - a sustainable model for rural development in Colombia, which promises to increase food production and give small-scale farmers control over their land. Read more

Adventurers raise over £2,500 for PBI!

Another big THANK YOU to skydivers Emily Napier, Louise Strange, Rebecca Iveson, Rebekah Hanbury, Ellie Taylor and Oliver Reynolds, and runners Nick Crabb, Katie Hortenstine, who between them raised more than £2,500 for PBI during April and May.  PBI is looking for more energetic people to do challenge events to raise funds to help us protect human rights defenders around the globe - please get in touch if that sounds like you. Read more about fundraising challenges

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Please help PBI to continue protecting human rights defenders by making a donation to PBI today

Every donation matters: Giving £5 a month covers regular phone calls to check on a defender's safety and wellbeing. Giving £10 a month enables weekly visits to provide moral and practical support to a defender at their place of work. Giving a one-off donation of £125 helps PBI activate its support network when a defender is in extreme danger.

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Sadly, the need to protect human rights defenders remains as pressing as ever.

PBI Patron Sir Henry Brooke made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG)

All of us at PBI UK are delighted that our patron and long-time supporter Sir Henry Brooke was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the Queen's birthday honours. The honour was awarded for Sir Henry's work for justice reform in Albania. We congratulate him on this achievement and take the opportunity to express our profound gratitude for all his work and support to PBI over the years.

Mexican human rights lawyers speaking in London

Juan Carlos Gutierrez and Silvia Vásquez, of the Mexican Commission of Defence and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH), are speaking at events in London on 3 and 4 July. They will be joining other speakers to explore different aspects of the human rights situation in Mexico. See PBI UK's events page to find out more
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