National: Armed Forces not Complying with HR Training, Organizations Warn


On December 10th, several Mexican civil society organizations presented the report “False Safeguards” that shows how the institutions of the armed forces have not complied with the obligation to train their members on human rights. 

The research published in a 99-page report prepared by the organizations Data Civica, EQUIS Justice for Women, and Intersecta, was based on various requests for public information, to which the three bodies responded with insufficient or even contradictory data. The report indicates that of the consulted institutions, neither the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), nor the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), nor the National Guard (GN) “have complete evidence that allows evaluating the result of the training that they did carry out.”

They explained that the obligation of the secretariats of National Defense, Navy and the National Guard to train all their elements on respect for human rights stems from the judgment issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in the case of Ines Fernandez and Valentina Rosendo, who were tortured by the Army in Guerrero in 2002. However, ten years after the sentence, the Mexican State still does not comply with the provisions of the Inter-American Court. 

It is worth mentioning that the report also revealed that the situation is similar in the case of training on topics such as gender equality, non-discrimination and the rights of the LGBTI + population.

For more information in Spanish:

Fuerzas Armadas incumplen capacitación en derechos humanos, alertan organizaciones (EducaOaxaca, 14 de diciembre)

México no ha cumplido con mandatos de la Corte IDH para capacitar a militares en derechos humanos (AnimalPolitico, 10 de diciembre)

Fuerzas Armadas incumplen capacitación en DH: Organizaciones (La Jornada, 10 de diciembre)

No hay evidencia de que Fuerzas Armadas y Guardia Nacional están capacitadas en derechos humanos: informe (El Universal, 10 de diciembre)

Falsas salvaguardas: Las capacitaciones de las fuerzas armadas en derechos humanos y género (Informe) 

For more information from SIAPZ: 

National: Organizations Present Injunctions against “Militaristic” Agreement as Danger to Human Rights (July 23, 2020)
Oaxaca: Complaint Lodged against National Guard for Absence in San Mateo del Mar (July 3, 2020) 
Chiapas: State Will Have 25 National Guard Military Barracks in 2022 (June 16, 2020)
National: Armed Forces Decreed Public Security Duties for Five Years; “Militarism Came out of the Closet” – CSO (May 14, 2020)
International/National : Un Human Rights Committee Issues 48 Human Rights Recommendations for Mexico (November 12, 2019)

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