The first month and a half of this year have been very violent for migrants who enter Mexico from the Guatemala border via Tenosique, Tabasco. The Usumacinta Human Rights Center A.C. together with the 72, “Home-Refuge for Migrant Peoples” denounced that they had between the dates of 1 January 2012 to 15 February documented 74 cases of human-rights violations against migrants. 45 victims of violence have presented reports to the State Attorney General’s Office: 11 kidnappings (2 placed before the Federal Attorney General’s Office), 10 denunciations of abuse of power, and 6 for extorsion.
The Usumacinta Center reports that at this time, in The 72, approximately 35 victims are awaiting the National Institute on Migration to grant them a humanitarian visa, which the Mexican government is bound to do for foreign persons who are victims of crime in the country. Requests have been reiterated for the intervention of Tabasco authorities so that they “intervene responsibly in the zone where criminal bands are operating that attack migrants.”
Para más información:
Han sido víctimas de delito 74 migrantes en Tenosique: ONG, La jornada, 15 de febrero de 2012
Esperan 35 migrantes una visa humanitaria, El Universal, 16 de febrero de 2012
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas/Tabasco: “The forgotten border” press-conference (13 December 2011)
Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)