National: Nomination of new head of the Section on Human Rights for the Ministry of Governance

Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano, nuevo titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación (@Quadratin)

Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano, new head of the Section on Human Rights in the Ministry of Governance (@Quadratin)

On 10 April, Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano was named the new director of the Section on Human Rights in the Ministry of Governance.  Serrato Lozano was president of the State Commission on Human Rights in Michoacán (2007-2011) and had been working in the Naitonal Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) under the supervision of the director general of the Program of Grievances from Journalists and Civil Human Rights Defenders.  In this charge, he participated as a member of the Council of Government for the Mechanism for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, an operation that now will be his responsibility.

Édgar Cortez, member of the consultative council of the Mechanism for Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, noted that this would represent an advantage, given that “he shares to a great extent the diagnostic of the problems and needs that exist.  He does not begin as a nobody, and we hope that this will be reflected in his work.”

Following this nomination, the councilors for civil society reunited with the Council of Government of the Mechanism, having resigned from the same on 24 March upon denouncing its deficient functioning.  In a reunion with Lía Limón, Subsecretary on Human Rights of the Ministry of Governance, they suggested a series of points they consider “priorities for the effective functioning of the Mechanism and the security guarantees required by journalists and human-rights defenders in the country.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de las Consejeras y Consejeros del Mecanismo de protección al reintegrar la Junta de Gobierno (11 de abril de 2014)
Serrato Lozano, nuevo titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de Gobernación (La Jornada, 11 de abril de 2014)

Consejeros se reintegran al mecanismo de protección a activistas y periodistas (Proceso, 11 de abril de 2014)

Designa Segob titular para Unidad de Derechos Humanos (El Universal, 10 de abril de 2014)

Designan a titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de la Segob(Proceso, 10 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

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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