Mexican Defensoras delegation to Ottawa 2016

Dates: 20-24 June 2016
Location: Ottawa, Canada


Days before the “Three Amigos Summit” – a meeting between Prime Minister Justice Trudeau, President Barack Obama and President Enrique Peña Nieto - NWI co-hosted a meeting of four women human rights defenders from Mexico in Canada’s Capital. In addition to participating in a panel discussion, Courage and Crisis: Testimony from the Front Lines at the University of Ottawa where they provided an update on human rights abuses, and offered solutions based on their grassroots experience, they also met with Canadian Members of Parliament, Civil Society, Academics, Government officials and the Media to talk about the human rights crisis in their country.

Key Message

Don't sweep Mexico's grave human rights crisis under the carpet!


Claudia Medina Tamariz (Breaking the Silence about Sexual Torture, Rompiendo el Silencio)
Brenda Rangel Ortiz (Justice for the Disappeared, Desaparecidos Justicia CA
Marta Sanchez Soler (Mesoamerican Migrant Movement, Movimiento Migrante Mesoamericano)
Pilar Arrese Alcala (Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Centre, Centro Prodh)


Nobel Women’s Initiative
Amnesty International Canada
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Department, Carleton University, Ottawa

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Media Release

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