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Father Alejandro Solalinde, Human Rights Defender

Father Solalinde, Mexican defender of migrants’ rights, meets the students of the degree and post-graduate Course on human rights at the Human Rights Centre

The Interdepartmental Centre on Human Rights and the Rights of Peoples, in collaboration with Peace Brigades International and the Municipality of Padua, will host a meeting with Father Solalinde, emblem of the non-violent struggle for migrants’ rights in Mexico, on Thursday 24 March 2011 – 10 a.m.

Father Solalinde, Coordinator of a catholic centre for migrants assistance in the south-eastern part of Mexico and Director of a Migrant Shelter in the municipality of Ixtepec, has since long been committed in providing humanitarian assistance to the migrants population which transit through the State of Mexico.

Due to his work and because of his public denouncing the perpetrators of violations of migrant’s human rights, Father Solalinde and his team have suffered numerous attacks and treats.

The Mexican National Human Rights Commission and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, respectively in 2007 and 2010, granted precautionary measures for him and his colleagues, requesting that the State of Mexico adopts the necessary steps to guarantee the Father’s life and personal integrity.

Following the meeting at the Human Rights Centre, Father Solalinde will meet delegations of civil society associations committed to the promotion and protection of human rights, peace and non-violence.