In a communiqué published on October 8th, the Consultative Council of the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists publicly denounced that the federal government has not delivered the money destined to permit it to operate.
It recalled that on September 19th, federal officials had announced that of the 126 million pesos requested from the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP in its Spanish acronym), “only 75 million pesos would be deposited” (60% of the total), an amount destined to protection measures for defenders and journalists at risk until December 2018. However, they reported, “despite the promise, to date, the money has not been deposited” so that more than 720 beneficiaries of the Mechanism will be left unprotected from October due to this.
Legislators and the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) urged the federal government to transfer resources to prevent the defenders and journalists who benefited from the mechanism from remaining unprotected. “As of this month of October, it will not be possible to pay the company that provides the measures that day after day protects 727 beneficiaries, including journalists and defenders, who in many cases depend on those to carry out their activities,” the CNDH stressed.
For more information in Spanish:
En riesgo, 727 beneficiarios del programa de protección por la falta de fondos (La Jornada, 10 de octubre de 2018)
Gobierno de Peña deja sin recursos de protección a 727 periodistas y defensores, acusan activistas (Animal Político, 9 de octubre de 2018)
CNDH pide a Segob y SHCP presupuesto y protección para defensores y periodistas (ADN Político, 9 de octubre de 2018)
Urgen recursos para defensores de DH (Reforma, 9 de octubre de 2018)
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