WHRD security and national protection mechanism in Mexico: interview with Alejandra Ancheita

Alejandra Ancheita, the newest Laureate of the 2014 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders visited Brussels in November 2014. Protection International (PI) was able to sit down with her. Alejandra, a Mexican lawyer and human rights activist, is the founder and Executive Director of Proyecto de Derechos Economicos, Sociales y Cuturales. Together with ProDESC, she has worked tirelessly with labour workers, migrants and indigenous communities to protect their land and their economic, cultural and social rights vis-à-vis transnational companies. Despite having been subjected to threats, surveillance and a defamation campaign in the national media, Alejandra and her team work to address human rights violations. Because of her work she received international recognition and it is hoped this would provide her and the team protection. Alejandra talked with PI about her motivation, her views on the security of women human rights defenders and the Governmental Protection Mechanism and future prospects of human rights defenders in Mexico.