Centro de Derechos Humanos
Fray Bartolomé de las Casas
San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas
18 March 2014
Dearest friends and colleagues at Fray Bartolomé de las Casas,
We at Peacebuild in Canada would like to congratulate you on your 25 years of fighting for peace and justice in México at Frayba. Your efforts over the last 25 years have made an important contribution to citizen participation in development, justice and peace. We are very proud to consider ourselves among your friends and look forward to many more years of partnership on these very important issues.
Through the North American GPPAC network, we have worked together for almost 10 years, beginning with our collaboration to develop a conflict prevention programme for North America to launch at the first GPPAC conference in July 2005. It was at this time that we learned about your work, got to know you as friends and witnessed your strength, dignity, persistence and commitment to the rights of all Mexicans.
Unfortunately, your struggle continues for recognition of indigenous rights to land and territory, as these have not yet been realised. I know we will continue our collaboration on this issue, as Canada plays a very important role, and we are looking forward to contributing to justice in this regard alongside you, our very capable Mexican colleagues.
Canadian Network for GPPAC