On 13 March, legislators and civil organizations presented a legal initiative to protect human-rights defenders and journalists that would establish measures of prevention, public policies, and programs to reduce the risk-factors that favor aggressions against them. The initiative also mentions that it would seek the cooperation among the federal and state governments with civil society to create an effective Mechanism of Protection, carry out investigations, and develop strategies.
From July 2011 to March 2012, civil organizations, legislators, representatives of the Secretary of Governance, Amnesty International, and the UN High Commissioner’s Office for Human Rights carried out meetings to develop this initiative.
On 15 March, the proposal was presented before the plenary of the Senate and then handed over to the United Commissions on Governance and Legislative Study. NGOs called on legislators to approve the initiative in both chambers of Congress during this period, stressing that this would be in accordance with the recommendations that international organizations have made for Mexico. To date, at least 75 members of the Senate from the PRI, PAN, PRD, and PVEM parties have expressed their support for the law.
For more information (in Spanish):
La Jornada: Presentan hoy iniciativa para proteger activistas (La Jornada, 14 de marzo de 2012)
La Jornada: Fue presentada en el Senado la iniciativa para proteger a activistas y comunicadores (La Jornada, 16 de marzo de 2012)
Organizaciones se congratulan por presentación de iniciativa de Ley de Protección a Personas Defensoras de DDHH y Periodistas (OSC de derechos humanos y periodistas, 15 de marzo de 2012)
Amnistía Internacional celebra la presentación de una iniciativa de ley para proteger defensores de DH y periodistas y urge al Senado su a pronta aprobación (Amnistía Internacional, 15 de marzo de 2012)
Campaña de Amnistía Internacional para apoyar el proyecto de ley:www.alzatuvoz.org/LeyDefensores
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Mexico: Mexico undergoes the Universal Periodic Review (13 February 2009)