#TheyKnowWeKnow to demand our rights in decisions in our territories

Mexico

Project supported by the
Fund for Organizations

#TheyKnowWeKnow to demand our rights in decisions in our territories

Objetive

#QueSepanQueSabemos for those living in territories in Mexico to decide whether or not and how projects and megaprojects are carried out by governments and companies when they might affect their rights and their lands. Our initiative seeks to strengthen residents’ awareness of their rights as well as the obligations and responsibilities of authorities and companies to respect, protect and guarantee those rights; it aims to broaden their perception of the impacts of projects on their everyday lives and raise awareness of the importance of their informed participation in mechanisms and procedures and/or demand and advocacy strategies aimed at authorities and companies. 

Project duration
18 months
Organization

CCIS

Context

People living in areas with existing or planned agro-industrial, energy, extractive, infrastructure, industrial and other projects with impacts that are significant or likely to affect them face power asymmetries for informed participation in decisions regarding those territories. Decisions are normally made by those with political or economic power or by landowners, without considering or involving other rights holders—such as women, adolescents and young people, indigenous and Afro-Mexican people, persons with disability and migrants, refugees, displaced persons or floating populations—or the groups likely to be affected and the interested party; these individuals and groups usually find out about the project once it is already underway and are frequently unaware of the obligations and responsibilities of authorities and companies or how to demand and advocate for their compliance.

Action path

The project has four strategies

  1. Creation and publication of information in formats accessible to people with different types of disabilities and in indigenous languages and variants, for an effective and meaningful participation of these groups that are historically discriminated against in decision making process regarding projects and megaprojects. 
  2. Communication strategy using alternative, disruptive and traditional materials. 
  3. Training for action of rights holders, for their informed participation in mechanisms and procedures and/or demand and advocacy strategies aimed at authorities and companies with obligations and responsibilities related to decision making regarding projects and megaprojects. 
  4. Dialogue with authorities, business organizations and companies, from the different sectors of the projects or megaprojects, with obligations and responsibilities related to the creation and publication of information about the projects and their impacts. 

Action plan

  • Strategy 3. Reduction in power asymmetries faced by persons who live in the territories for informed participation in decisions about those territories and projects that may affect them.
  • Strategy 3. Enhanced awareness of subjects’ rights to informed participation in mechanisms and procedures related to decision making and to demand and advocate that authorities and companies comply with their obligations and responsibilities in this regard .
  • Strategy 3. Changes in perception about projects and their impact on the everyday life of the population, in general, and on women, adolescents and young people, indigenous and Afro-Mexican people, persons with disability and migrants, refugees, displaced persons or floating populations, in particular.
  • Strategy 3. Increased willingness of rights holders regarding informed participation in mechanisms and procedures and in demand and advocacy strategies directed at authorities and companies.
  • Strategies 1 2. Information for effective and meaningful participation made available to the public in accessible formats and indigenous languages.
  • Strategies 1, 2 and 3. Less likelihood of violations or infringement of human rights, with an emphasis on rights of access to information and participation in project decisions, by authorities and companies.
  • CCIS work meetings with authorities and companies. Creation and publication of objective, truthful, timely, complete, updated, comprehensible and accessible information, by authorities and companies, related to the execution of the projects and their impacts.
  • Strategy 3. Rights holders trained for informed participation in mechanisms and procedures related to decision making in the context of execution of projects and/or on demand and advocacy strategies aimed at authorities and companies.
  • Strategy 3. Exercise of rights with the adoption of protection and self-care measures with a human rights and differentiated approach (for women, adolescents and young people, indigenous and Afro-Mexican people, persons with disability and migrants, refugees, displaced persons or floating populations).
  • Strategy 2. Economic reactivation with a focus on human rights, emphasizing rights of access to information and participation of those living in the territories where the projects are intended to be carried out.
  • Strategies 1 2. Escazú Regional Agreement in force and complied with, both because the recognized rights are known and exercised and because the obligations and responsibilities these entail for authorities and companies are known and fulfilled.