Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMPDPH)

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The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMPDPH in Spanish) is a secular and autonomous civil organization, founded in December 1989.

The CMPDPH's advocacy is focused on Mexico and all activities at the local and international level are intended to have an impact on the structure and governmental policies in order to achieve the greatest range of protection of human rights and social justice. The CMDPDH believes in democracy, the need to defend the rule of law and the respect for human rights as the foundation of social life.

The CMDPDH has consultative status with the ECOSOC (United Nations) and with the Organization of American States (OAS). It is also affiliated with the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organization Against Torture (OMCT). At the national level it is a member of the Mexican Coalition for the International Criminal Court [Coalición Mexicana por la Corte Penal Internacional], the Coordination on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in Mexico [Espacio de Coordinacion sobre Derechos Economicos, Sociales y Culturales en México - ESPACIO DESC], the Mexican Chapter of the American Platform of Human Rights, Democracy and Development [Capítulo Mexicano de la Plataforma Interamericana de Derechos Humanos, Democracia y Desarrollo] and the National Citizens’ Observatory for Femicide [Observatorio Ciudadano Nacional del Feminicidio].

The objectives of CMPDPH are to defend human rights through strategic litigation; to disseminate information regarding cases of human rights defense in Mexico; to collaborate with individuals, organizations, state institutions, and international organizations who participate in the defense, promotion, or education of human rights; and to foster groups dedicated to the defense of human rights. The CMDPDH will be accompanying the processes in Vienna and New York in 2016, seeking a greater understanding of the human rights violations justified by the war on drugs and advocating that human rights treaties must take precedence over drug control policies.

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