National: NGOs demand that presidential candidates make explicit their commitment to human rights


On 7 July 2012, in press-conference, members of the National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” (TdT Network) made public a  pronunciation in which they demanded that the presidential candidates make explicit their commitment to human rights and the tasks of the Mexican State as regards the ratification and observation of international treaties.

They report that on 4 May they sent a letter to each of the presidential candidates so that they would make an explicit commitment regarding the respect for human rights, and that to date they had received responses only from Enrique Peña Nieto (PRI-PVEM) and Gabriel Quadri (PANAL).  They stressed that Andrés Manuel López Obrador (PRD, PT, MC) and Josefina Vázquez Mota (PAN) had not yet responded. Independently ofthe responses to the first letter, Agniezca Raczynska, executive secretary of the TdT Network, stressed that “Less than a month before the presidential elections, what we have heard are merely general ideas regarding the questionof human rights, but the candidates have not told us how they will reach these objectives.”

The communiqué notes that “we stress that beyond taking the question of human rights to be a political banneror a mechanism to increase sympathy, the candidates take on clear postures and commitments that are accessible and permanent with regard to the following critical affairs that for us constitute a minimum agenda to assure that human rights be respected in Mexico: 1. civil rights: justice and public security; 2. economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights; 3. labor rights; 4. rights of women; 5. the collective rights of indigenous peoples; 6. rights of human-rights defenders and journalists; 7. political rights and citizens’ participatory rights; 8. rights of migrant persons and those seeking asylum and refuge.”  Beyond briefly diagnosing the state of each of these points, the TdT Network suggested a series of measures to adopt and implement.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento completo de la RedTdT (7 de junio de 2012)

Desdeñan candidatos los derechos humanos: ONG (La Jornada, 8 de junio de 2012)

Piden a presidenciables incorporar derechos humanos en campañas(Proceso, 7 de junio de 2012)

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