During the 152 Special Session of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) held in Mexico City from 12 to 14 August, 55 networks and civil society organizations called on the mechanism of the Organization of American States (OAS) to realize an official visit to Mexico “in the face of the deterioration of the effective exercise of human rights” in the country. In a joint statement, the organizations argued that “the presence of the Inter-American Commission is an occasion to highlight the huge gap between what is stated in the American Convention on Human Rights and the reality of our country, that ranks first regarding individual petitions and requests for precautionary measures before the IACHR”. They announced that they would deliver information about the “human rights crisis that we currently face in the country”, which particularly affects women, children, indigenous peoples and human rights defenders.
“Given the deterioration in the observance of human rights that Mexico has experienced in recent years, the need for the Inter-American System to closely monitor the situation in the country is imperative”, they stressed.
For more information (in Spanish):
Comunicado conjunto: Ante grave situación de derechos humanos, sociedad civil llama a la Comisión Interamericana a realizar una visita oficial al país (ONG, 11 de agosto de 2014)
Piden ONG a CIDH supervisar a México por “crisis en derechos humanos” (Proceso, 11 de agosto de 2014)
Inicia sesión de CIDH en México; activistas quieren visita oficial (CIMAC Noticias, 11 de agosto de 2014)
Piden ONG la presencia en México de representantes de la CIDH (La Jornada, 12 de agosto de 2014)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):