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13:00 - 15:00 18 October 2017

Defending Human Rights in Oaxaca, Mexico

Location

Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Rosalinda Dionicio, Human rights defender, COPUVO, Oaxaca, Mexico, Rosalinda Dionicio is a Mexican human rights defender from the state of Oaxaca. Rosalinda is a spokeswoman for COPUVO, United Peoples of Valle de Ocotlán, a group that brings together local communities that oppose the Minera Cuzcatlán mine. Members of COPUVO have faced attacks and threats against them due to their participation in the peaceful resistance. In 2012 Rosalinda Dionisio, was shot in the shoulder and leg in an attack that killed another member of COPUVO, Bernardo Vázquez Sánchez.
Marcos Leyva, Human rights defender, EDUCA, Oaxaca, Mexico, Marcos Leyva is a Mexican human rights defender from the state of Oaxaca. He is Director of the NGO EDUCA. EDUCA advises organizations and indigenous communities defending their rights as citizens, promotes civic education, empowers indigenous authorities and pushes for local development projects. EDUCA has a strong focus on supporting communities to claim their rights in the context of natural resource exploitation projects (mainly mining, hydroelectric and wind power). They carry out human rights training, advocate for legislative change and favourable government policy, and raise awareness of the human rights situation in Oaxaca through the publication of reports and the organisation of events and forums.
Adam Lunn, Advocacy Officer, Peace Brigades International UK

UCL Institute of the Americas and Peace Brigades International UK (PBI UK) co-organise this discussion with prominent human rights defenders from the state of Oaxaca (Mexico), Rosalinda Dionicio and Marcos Leyva.


Contact

Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)2031089721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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