National: Report on human rights in Mexico (from June 2013 to May 2014)

September 6, 2014

portada-informe-webOn August 30, the Report “Defending human rights in Mexico: A struggle against impunity (from June 2013 to May 2014)” was presented in Mexico City. It’s based on the work of documentation of Urgent Action for the Defense of Human Rights (ACUDDEH AC), Comité Cerezo Mexico and the National Campaign Against Enforced Disappearances.

The report recorded that since the beginning of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) Presidency, 669 arbitrary political arrests were registered, of which 412 were documented in the report. 25 extrajudicial executions against human rights defenders were also documented (23 are in the report). As for the forced disappearance, during the administration of EPN, 29 occurred, of which 16 are included in the report. Not including arbitrary arrests in Mexico City, the most dangerous states for the work of human rights defenders are Oaxaca, Chiapas and Guerrero.

The press release highlighted: “We remain convinced that to sum up the information that has been documented with respect to cases of political imprisonment, arbitrary detentions, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances, help to get a much more comprehensive picture of the strategies of social control, political repression and counter-insurgency that the state uses in its quest to impose to the Mexican population a series of reforms that deepen neoliberal policies, or what is the same, that deepen dispossession and plunder in the conditions of a worthy life for people in general.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Informe: La defensa de los derechos humanos en México: una lucha contra la impunidad Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Comité Cerezo México, 30 de agosto de 2014)

La defensa de los DDHH en México: una lucha contra la impunidad‏. Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Kaos en la Red, 28 de agosto de 2014)


La defensa de los derechos humanos en México: una lucha contra la impunidad Junio de 2013 a mayo de 2014 (Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos  “Todos los derechos para todas y todos”)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: Publication of report “Human rights in Oaxaca 2009-2013. Citizens’ report: a pressing debt” (August 20, 2013)

National: 176 recommendations for Mexico during the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) (November 13, 2013)

Mexico: Pronunciations and actions as regards the situation of human-rights defenders in the country and southeastern Mexico

March 25, 2011

On 14 March in the Senate of the Republic was presented a point of agreement directed to the executive branch indicating the urgency of approving a mechanism for the protection of journalists and rights-defenders. In this document, the adverse conditions for the practice of liberty of expression and the right to defend human rights “in light of the increasing violence registered in our country and the impunity in which governmental authorities and organized crime act, there have been registered violent attacks against journalists and activists as a deliberate and organized response to their work.”

In a similar sense, on 15 March, civil organizations for the defense and promotion of human rights denounced in a press conference that aggressions against defenders continue to increase in the state of Chihuahua and are maintained in Guerrero and Oaxaca; the case is similar for journalists in Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Morelos. These organizations claim that in Mexico the State mechanisms charged with protecting and guaranteeing the security of threatened journalists and defenders are ineffective, referring in particular to international precautionary measures. They stressed that the government must “publicly recognize the importance of the work of defenders and journalists and the vulnerability to which they are exposed, create mechanisms of protection, and install a worktable to attend to the problem of aggressions and death-threats.”

The same day, in Mexico City, Urgent Action for Human-Rights Defenders (Acuddeh) presented the organization Protection Desk Mexico which will seek to “remove from invisibility the violence and risks involved in defending human rights” and to contribute to “the development of security plans in the organizations, to help defenders and organizations to overcome obstacles to obtain security, diminish difficulties in work, stress the importance of governmental protectipon mechanisms, and make the UN declaration on rights-defenders be respected.”

Finally, in observation of the 41st National Assembly realized in San Cristóbal de Las Casas, the National Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” pronounced itself on the situation of human-rights defenders as regards the context experienced in southeastern Mexico, denouncing that “the generalized violence in the country and the deepening of impunity exacerbate the present context of repression, poverty, criminalization, migration, territorial looting, and attacks against those who promote, defend, and exercise all rights for all.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Punto de Acuerdo del Senado de la República sobre mecanismo de protección a periodistas y defensores de derechos humanos (14 March 2011)

Aumentan agresiones contra activistas y comunicadores (La Jornada, 15 March)

Ante el riesgo de defender los derechos humanos, Protection Desk trabajará desde la sociedad civil en seguridad y registro de agresiones(CENCOS, 15 March 2011)

Ola de violencia afecta a defensores de los derechos humanos en el sureste del país (La Jornada, 21 March 2011)

Pronunciamiento de la Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos“Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos” sobre el contexto en el Sureste de México (20 March 2011)

Saludo del Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos a la 41 Asamblea Nacional de la Red Nacional de Organismos Civiles “Todos los Derechos para Todas y Todos.” (March 2011)