Pax Christi International hosts Latin American delegation for advocacy meetings at the EU in Brussels

 

This past week Pax Christi International held advocacy meetings at the European Union with a Latin American delegation to promote our new position paper on extractives in Latin America and its recommendations. The delegation met with EU policy makers in Brussels who are working on human rights issues, international cooperation, and trade. Members of the delegation included:

  • Ms. Martha Inés Romero, Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, Colombia, Pax Christi International
  • Mr. Gilberto Hernández, Centre for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas (FRAYBA), our member organization in Mexico
  • Ms. Mikeas Sánchez Gómez, ZODEVITE, Zoque indigenous community from Chiapas

Ms. Sánchez Gómez is part of an indigenous movement called ZODEVITE which won the 2017 Pax Christi International Peace Prize.

One highlight was the meeting the delegation had with officials from the EU External Action Service, asking them to raise human rights violations regarding extractive industries in their dialogues with Latin American governments. Specifically the delegation suggested that the situation of indigenous people take precedent.

Another positive coming out of the meetings were the talks the delegation had with officials at the Department of Trade of the European Commission. These officials are responsible for the negotiation of trade agreements with Latin America and the delegation addressed with them how sustainable development can be respected in that context.

Additionally, a meeting with the Department of International Cooperation for Development of the European Commission was held in which the delegation was able to present its work and receive information about funding opportunities for the work of human rights defenders.

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Advocacy Priority: Extractive Industries in Latin America

 

 

ZODEVITE, Mikeas Sánchez Gomez, Gilberto Hernandez, Frayba, Martha Inés Romero, Centre for Human Rights Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas, extractive industries, Latin America, Mexico, Chiapas