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December 6, 2016
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Speaking tour about human rights issues in Mexico visits Laurier

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Mar 5/12| For Immediate Release


Lucy Luccisano, Associate Professor
Department of Sociology
519-884-0710 ext. 2866 or


Kevin Crowley, Director, Communications & Public Affairs
Wilfrid Laurier University
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WATERLOO – Wilfrid Laurier University, working collaboratively with five other Canadian universities and Amnesty International, will host four respected human rights defenders from different regions of Mexico for two lectures March 6.

The lectures are part of a speaking tour titled “No More Blood: Struggles for Peace and Human Rights in Mexico.” The tour aims to raise awareness in both the academic community and broader society in Canada about the deteriorating security situation in Mexico, as well as the failure of government strategies to address the crisis, growing mobilizations throughout Mexico for change, and the vital role that Canada can play. Each human rights defender has a compelling story to tell about the worsening public security and human rights crisis experienced by Canada’s North American Free Trade Agreement partner.

“The tour is also about hope,” said Laurier Associate Professor of Sociology Lucy Luccisano. “We will hear about how Mexicans are responding to this violent crisis and how they are resisting and organizing to demand justice and peace in Mexico. We should never forget that these human rights defenders, and many like them in Mexico, are risking their lives by taking a stand for justice.”

The speakers are: Vidulfo Rosale Sierra, lawyer for the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero; Yolanda Moran Isais, from the United Forces for our Disappeared in Mexico in Saltillo, Coahuila; Dolores González Saravia, director of the Centre for Peace in Mexico City and Alberto Xicotencatl Carrasco, director of the Migrants’ Shelter at the Human Rights Centre of the Dioceses of Saltillo in Saltillo, Coahuila.

The Mexican visitors will be speaking in several cities in Ontario and New Brunswick from March 4 to 14. They will meet with government officials and MPs during their stay, and are interested in sharing their perspectives with Canadian media.

The speakers will deliver two lectures at Laurier March 6: one from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Bricker Academic Building, room 102 and the second from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in The Turret, third floor, Fred Nichols Campus Centre.

Laurier’s university partners include the University of New Brunswick, Carleton University, York University, Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. At Laurier, the tour is sponsored by the Academic Council on the United Nations System; the International Migration Research Centre; North American Mobility Program at Laurier; North American Studies program; Rhoda E. Howard-Hassmann, Canada Research Chair in International Human Rights, the departments of Political Science, Global Studies and Sociology; and Renison College at the University of Waterloo.


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