Mexico: human-rights organizations affirm that “human rights are NOT an existing reality in the country”


On 13 February, more than 80 non-governmental organizations working for the defense and promotion of human rights criticized in a joint pronunciation that while the Mexican government utilizes an official discourse of respect for human rights, in reality rights-defenders in the country are at risk, and to date there exist no effective mechanisms for their protection.  They presented as examples the “existing breach between the discourse of the Secretary for Governance (SEBOG) and the prevailing reality of the country throughout the course of [Calderón’s] six-year term”: the flouting of sentences handed down by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR), the absence of a protection-mechanism for defenders, and the defense of military tribunals.  The communiqué responded to an announcement made by the Secretary of Governance on 7 February which indicates that the defense and protection of human rights “are the highest priorities for the federal government.”

The same day, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) reported that attacks on human-rights defenders reached alarming levels in 2011, a year that say 59 denunciation (CNDH).  The organization added that in light of this situation it awarded precautionary measures to 16 supplicants.

For more information (in Spanish):

Los derechos humanos NO son una realidad vigente en el país (Boletín de prensa, OSC de derechos humanos de México, 13 February 2012)

ONG alertan del riesgo constante de activistas (El Universal, 14 February 2012)

CNDH reporta 59 ataques contra activistas en 2011 (El Universal, ‎13 February 2012‎)

Reporta CNDH 59 agresiones contra activistas en 2011 (Proceso, 13 February 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)

Mexico: “Neither security nor rights: executions and torture in the war on drug-trafficking in Mexico” (26 November 2011)

Mexico: Mexico undergoes the Universal Periodic Review (13 February 2009)

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