National: A year after the passing of the Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists: “obstacles and failures”

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A year after the passing of the Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, more than 80 civil-society organizations have expressed their concern, give that there exist “great obstacles and failures for its adequate and effective functioning.”  In a letter directed to the Secretary of Governance, Miguel Osorio Chong, these organizations identified three major problems which they identified in a diagnostic report that was given to subsecretary Lía Limón, who is in charge of overseeing the Mechanism, detailing the problems which must be resolved so that it operate rightly: the lack of access to resources, the lack of personnel trained so that all areas function adequately, and the lack of political and institutional support for the Mechanism which would require “its adequate implementation at the federal, state, and municipal levels.”

Finally, the organizations supported the petition made by the Consultative Council of the Mechanism so that the Secretary of Governance would meet with civil-society organizations to “find joint solutions for these and other imminent questions having to do with the operations of the Mechanism of Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Carta pública a Osorio Chong: A un año de la publicación de la Ley para Protección de Personas Defensoras y Periodistas (OSC, 25 de junio de 2013)

Alertan por fallas en Ley para Protección a Periodistas y Activistas (Proceso, 25 de junio de 2013)

Acusa graves fallas el órgano para proteger a activistas: ONG (La Jornada, 26 de junio de 2013)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders(26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

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