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On July 11th, the Mexico Cerezo Committee and Urgent Action for Human Rights Defenders published an open letter to the president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), in which they demand compliance with three key points from the new government:
1 The enactment of a National Amnesty Law;
2 the creation of Truth Commissions;
3 the implementation of effective mechanisms to comply with the General Law for the Protection of Defenders and Journalists.
In this letter they reiterate that the focus of their demands is “to initiate in Mexico a real and effective process that guarantees the human rights of victims of human rights violations, taking justice, truth, memory and integral reparation into account.”
As regards the National Amnesty Law, which has been one of the central proposals of AMLO, they point out “that it helps to contribute to the democratic transition in our damaged Mexico, freeing all political and conscientious prisoners, stopping the judicial political persecution against hundreds of Mexicans and erasing the criminal record of hundreds of social activists whose crime has been fighting for democracy and a dignified life in our country. (…) It is necessary to mention that the Amnesty Law for all prisoners and political and prisoners of conscience in the country cannot benefit those who have committed crimes against humanity or war crimes.”
The Cerezo Committee points out that “the amnesty has no legal obstacles, it is an essentially human problem, and will ultimately measure the political will and the degree of humanism of those who aspire to govern our country.” It also includes in the open letter a proposal for this law, prepared by the organization.
The issue of the Truth Commissions arises from the need to address serious cases of human rights violations, such as the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers from Ayotzinapa. These commissions “would be made up of civil society, priests, as well as international experts to clarify the events that have taken place in the country.”
Lately it is highlighted that “the existence of the Law and the mechanism of protection for defenders and journalists, lacks a comprehensive policy at national level that allows compliance with the obligations of the Mexican State in the area of human rights and protection of human rights defenders.” For this reason, they demand that AMLO “enact a General Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists that harmonizes all existing policies on prevention, protection and security for defenders and journalists: general laws, federal and state, mandates and judicial resolutions, administrative and civil measures, and those that are known; with the purpose of laying the foundations of a comprehensive protection policy.”
For more information in Spanish:
Comité Cerezo | Carta abierta al Presidente electo Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Red TdT, 11 de julio de 2018)
Carta abierta al Presidente electo Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Chiapas Paralelo, 12 de julio de 2018)
ANEXO 01: Propuesta de Ley de Amnistía Federal 2018 (Comité Cerezo, 9 de julio)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Nacional: Andrés Manuel López Obrador nuevo Presidente electo de México. (3 de julio de 2018)