National/International: The CIDH expresses their preoccupations before hardening of the Mexican authorities towards migrants and their supporters in the Southern border

The Interamerican Commission of Human Rights expressed their concerns before the hardened actions against migrants and their supporters in Mexico, which would have their space in the the “Southern Border Plan” in July of 2014. It is reported that the information received by the multilateral organization indicates that migrants and their advocates continue to face attacks in the country.

“According to information received by the Commission from the implementation of the Southern Border Plan in July of 2014, the authorities have tightened their actions against migrants and their advocates, and would have increased security measures in the Southern Mexico border. It would have created a gendarmerie in Tapachula, Chiapas, consisting of 5,000 agents of the Federal Police of Mexico with military training. It also would have placed new border checkpoints and increased raids. This would have resulted in an increased number of arrests and deportations of migrants since 2014. According to data collected by INM in 2013, 86,929 migrants were arrested, and in 2014 127,149 of them, which represents an increase of 46%. Between January and February of 2014, the INM detained 14,612 migrants and during the same period in 2015, 28,862 migrants were arrested, representing an increase of approximately 98%. “

Given these facts, the Commission reiterated that “it is the obligation of the Mexican State to take all necessary measures to ensure the right to life, integrity and security of migrants in transit through Mexico, as well as for the human rights defenders of migrants, immediately and urgently”.

For more information (in Spanish):

Recrimina la CIDH acciones de Peña contra migrantes en la frontera sur, Proceso, 10 de junio de 2015

CIDH expresa preocupación ante el Plan Frontera Sur de México, Comunicado de Prensa, CIDH, 10 de junio de 2015

Preocupa a cidh que México “endurezca”medidas migratorias, El Universal, 10 de junio de 2015

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico/National: Honduran migrant dies of drowning in presence of migration agents, says La 72 (March 22, 2015)

Chiapas/National: Bishops of southern Mexico pronounce themselves on the “drama of migration”(February 8, 2015)

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