National: CNDH Indicates COMAR for Omission and Delay in Resolution of Refugee Requests

@Chiapas Paralelo

On December 14th, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) addressed Recommendation 61/2020 to the General Coordinator of the Mexican Commission for Aid to Refugees (COMAR), Andres Alfonso Ramirez Silva, regarding the case of 56 refugee applicants. 

The purpose of the recommendation is to point out the omission and delay on the part of COMAR in the processes of resolution and follow-up of refugee requests, as well as to provide information on them, evidencing “violations of human rights, legal security, to the legality and the best interests of childhood, to the detriment of the victims, attributable to COMAR public servants with powers to process the refugee status request.” 

The CNDH therefore asked the COMAR General Coordinator to provide “comprehensive reparation for the damages caused to the victims, including the necessary psychological, medical and legal advice (…); that the relevant actions be taken to carry out the respective procedures for the recognition of the refugee status of the victims; that a resolution be issued and the applicants be notified within the terms and deadlines established in the applicable regulations, and in those in which there are girls, boys and adolescents involved, the principle of the best interests of children be addressed.”

For more information in Spanish:

Recomendación No. 61/2020 de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (14 de diciembre 2020)

Comunicado de Prensa DGC/378/2020 de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos (14 de diciembre de 2020

Por omisión y demora, Comar violó derechos humanos de solicitantes de refugio (Chiapas Paralelo, 15 de diciembre de 2020)

Emite CNDH recomendación por retraso en la atención a 56 solicitantes de refugio(La Jornada, 15 de diciembre de 2020)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Chiapas/International: First Shelter for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Opened in Tapachula(December 7, 2020)
Chiapas/International: Mexico and Guatemala Close Borders to Migrant Caravan (October 7, 2020)
National/International: REDODEM Presents “Migrations in Mexico: Borders, Omissions and Transgressions” Report (October 4, 2020)
National: Over 40 Organizations Demand Protection from the State for Migrants in the Pandemic(July 4, 2020)
National/Chiapas: CNDH Asks INM and COMAR for Precautionary Measures for 78 People Stranded in Tapachula (January 16, 2020)

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