Mexico: end of official visit to Mexico by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Navanethem Pillay (@UN)

On 8 July, Navathem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, concluded her six-day visit to Mexico with a  press-conference in which she shared her observations regarding the human-rights situation in the country.

As regards the security srrategy, she stressed the “increase in reports on human-rights violations and the excessive use of force by State agents within the development of their actionsa agsint organizeed crime.”  She emphaseized that she is “profoundly concerned by the extermeley high previlaing levels of criminal violence in parts of the country.  Organized crime, with its brutal actions and methods, threatens the profound heart of the State and attacks basic human rights that we strive to protect.  The magnitude of the challenge is enormous and some of the roots of the problem go beyond the borders of Mexico.  I call on the USA, noted as the principal consumer of drugs and supplier of arms within and outside of Mexico, to make additional efforts so that the people of this country be safe.  I understand that under extraordinary circumstances difficult decisions must be made–such as regarding the participation of armed forces in public-security operations–until that time in which the State has constructed the capacities so as to protect the citizenry in accordance with the State of Right.  Regardless, these exceptional measures should remain true to their nature: extraordinary and limited temporarily.  Additionally the military should be subordinated to civilian control within the restrictions established by the standards and principles of human rights.”

On the other hand, she expressed special preoccupation for the victims of feminicide in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, aggressions against migrants, attacks on human-rights defenders and journalists, as well as for the situation of indigenous peoples (in particular, indigenous women).

She stressed that “the mechanism for protection of journalists should be implemented post-haste with the full participation of journalists themselves, both at the national and state levels.”  Similarly, on the mechanism for protection of rights-defenders decreed and presented to the High Commissioner on 6 July, Pillay requested that it be implemented adequately, thus “strengthening the government.”  She assured that her offices in Mexico are disposed to collaborate with the adequate implementation of both mechanisms.

For more information (in Spanish):

La ONU, renuente para críticar a México: activistas (La Jornada, 11 July)

El crimen mina la democracia: Pillay (El Universal, 9 July)

Conferencia de prensa Palabras de la Alta Comisionada de la ONU para Derechos humanos al término de su visita a México (OACNUDH, 8 July)

Debe Calderón acabar con retórica: alta comisionada de la ONU(Proceso, 8 July)

En México, las mujeres enfrentan la peor parte de la violencia estructural: ONG (La Jornada, 8 July)

Pillay externa preocupación por normas para regular al Ejército (el Universal, 7 July)

Preocupan a la ONU violaciones a derechos humanos en México (La Jornada, 7 July)

Sedena y Pillay acuerdan plan de trabajo (El Universal, 7 July)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: visit by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi pillay to the state (14 July)

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