On June 17th, the online presentation of the report “Situation of the Defense of Human Rights and Free Expression in Mexico since the COVID-19 Pandemic” was held in the state of Oaxaca, with participants from local and international civil society as well as a local deputy.
Guillermo Rodriguez of the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) highlighted that the risk conditions for defenders and journalists have worsened, in particular in the state of Oaxaca, in the context of the health emergency, noting how a worsening of femicidal violence, the suspension of judicial resources and other tools for the defense of the land and territory have been noticed and also how police abuses increased in Oaxaca during the first months of the pandemic.
Yesica Sanchez from Oaxaca Consortium emphasized the impunity that exists in cases of crimes committed against defenders in Oaxaca and the specific vulnerability in which women defenders find themselves, while journalist Soledad Jarquin spoke about the impunity that exists in the case of the femicide of her daughter Maria del Sol Cruz Jarquin and the cover-up role that the State Prosecutor’s Office has played in this regard.
Neftali Reyes from EDUCA pointed out that they have documented at least 50 defenders murdered in the current administration of the Federal Government, of which 11 are from the state of Oaxaca, with no progress in the investigations.
Finally the deputy Magaly Lopez mentioned various actions that she promoted in the legislative area, in particular, giving visibility to particular cases of grievances against defenders, by promoting networking with civil society and promoting various legislative proposals for the protection of defenders and journalists.
The event was held within the framework of the Cycle of Conversations organized by the CSO Space for the Protection of Defenders and Journalists, Oaxaca Consortium, Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), the National Network of Defenders and Frontline Defenders.
For more information in Spanish:
Oaxaca es el estado más letal del país para los defensores de derechos humanos: Cejil (El Universal, 17 de junio de 2021)
Organizaciones internacionales y nacionales señalan impactos y prioridades para la defensa de derechos humanos en Oaxaca en contexto de la pandemia de COVID-19 (Consorcio Oaxaca, 18 de junio de 2021)
Informe: SITUACIÓN DE LA DEFENSA DE DERECHOS HUMANOS Y LA LIBRE EXPRESIÓN EN MÉXICO A PARTIRDE LA PANDEMIA POR COVID-19 (Octubre de 2020)
Conversatorio (Facebook CEJIL)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: 68.5% de feminicidios en el estado siguen impunes: Consorcio Oaxaca.(June 16, 2021)