National: Secretary General of Amnesty International visits Mexico


From 15 to 18 February, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI), visited Mexico for the first time since taking his charge in June 2010.  In this sense, Shetty deplored that in Mexico human rights “are not a priority, particularly in the agenda of the president”: “In the last five or six years we have seen a regression […] and some of the data even tell us of a crisis.”

The AI official expressed his concern regarding forced disappearances “which have taken tens of thousands of lives in the last decade,” the vulnerabilities faced by undocumented migrants who suffer “extortion, murder, and sexual violence, while the authorities fail their obligations to protect them,” and the continuous aggressions against journalists and human-rights defenders.  In this respect, AI recommends in its report to “guarantee that those responsible be brought to justice.”  It also recalls that, despite EPN’s promise during the presidential campaign to “implement policies and actions to eradicate all forms of torture,” the “justice system continue to use torture as a principal means of investigation.”

Finally, Shetty lamented “the near-total impunity of these crimes and the infiltration of organized crime in the security forces,” stressing the risks that are run by allowing self-defense groups to do the work of the government.

The visit of the Secretary General closed with a meeting with Peña Nieto in which the former told the latter of his analysis of the human-rights situation in the country, as summarized in the report “The Challenges for Mexico in Terms of Human Rights.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Peña Nieto no tiene en su agenda a los derechos humanos” : Amnistía Internacional (Animal Politico, 18 de febrero de 2014)

México vive una crisis de derechos humanos : AI en CNN (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de febrero de 2014)

Proyecta México una falsa imagen de respeto a garantías, dice Shetty (La Jornada, 17 de febrero de 2014)

En México, graves retrocesos y violaciones a derechos :  AI (Aristegui Noticias, 17 de febrero de 2014)

Espera AI apoyo de las autoridades (Vanguardia, 16 de febrero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Insufficient attention to human rights on the part of EPN (20 March 2013)

National: Amnesty International presents report regarding use of torture in Mexico (19 October 2012)

National: International judges report on conclusions of the observation of state of justice in Mexico (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Presentation of report on torture in Chiapas “From Cruelty to Cynicism” (2 July 2012)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)



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