National: UN-DH urges Mexico to guarantee resources for the protection of journalists and human rights defenders

September 17, 2018

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In a statement published on August 28, the Mexico Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-DH) called on the Mexican government to guarantee the necessary funds for the functioning of the Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and journalists created in 2012 before the aggressions and threats that these sectors have suffered.

The UN-DH considered “worrying the information about the insufficiency of financial resources in the trust of the Fund for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, which could lead to the exhaustion of these resources in the coming weeks. The aforementioned Fund finances some of the measures granted by the Mechanism for the protection of human rights defenders and journalists and, therefore, its end would entail a risk for the 959 currently beneficiaries of the Mechanism; it would also cause new people at risk not to be able to receive protection”.

He denounced that “budget insufficiency is a limit to the institutional effort that the Mexican State has made to face the gravity of the situation of human rights defenders and journalists in the country.”

Jan Jarab, Representative of the UN-DH in Mexico, said that “we can not forget the importance of this Mechanism. Its existence has saved the lives of people who, through the exercise of journalism or the defense of human rights, stand out as a fundamental element for the enjoyment of the rights of all the people who live in Mexico. The lack of resources would involve exposing them to an unacceptable level of risk. “

For more information (in Spanish) :

ONU-DH exhorta Gobierno mexicano a garantizar recursos para Mecanismo de protección a periodistas y defensores (Boletín ONU DH, 27 de agosto de 2018)

Urge dotar de recursos al Mecanismo de Protección para Defensores y Periodistas: ONU-DH y CNDH (Proceso, 28 de agosto de 2018)

La protección de periodistas y defensores en México está en riesgo por falta de fondos (Noticias ONU, 28 de agosto de 2018)

Instan a no quitar recursos para proteger a periodistas (La Jornada, 28 de agosto de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: International organizations call Mechanism for Protection for Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists into question May 16, 2015

National/International: PBI and WOLA publish report on Mechanism for the Protection of Journalists and Human-Rights Defenders in México February 10, 2015

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists March 30, 2014

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National: Nomination of new head of the Section on Human Rights for the Ministry of Governance

April 26, 2014

Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano, nuevo titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de la Secretaría de Gobernación (@Quadratin)

Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano, new head of the Section on Human Rights in the Ministry of Governance (@Quadratin)

On 10 April, Víctor Manuel Serrato Lozano was named the new director of the Section on Human Rights in the Ministry of Governance.  Serrato Lozano was president of the State Commission on Human Rights in Michoacán (2007-2011) and had been working in the Naitonal Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) under the supervision of the director general of the Program of Grievances from Journalists and Civil Human Rights Defenders.  In this charge, he participated as a member of the Council of Government for the Mechanism for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, an operation that now will be his responsibility.

Édgar Cortez, member of the consultative council of the Mechanism for Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists, noted that this would represent an advantage, given that “he shares to a great extent the diagnostic of the problems and needs that exist.  He does not begin as a nobody, and we hope that this will be reflected in his work.”

Following this nomination, the councilors for civil society reunited with the Council of Government of the Mechanism, having resigned from the same on 24 March upon denouncing its deficient functioning.  In a reunion with Lía Limón, Subsecretary on Human Rights of the Ministry of Governance, they suggested a series of points they consider “priorities for the effective functioning of the Mechanism and the security guarantees required by journalists and human-rights defenders in the country.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Comunicado de las Consejeras y Consejeros del Mecanismo de protección al reintegrar la Junta de Gobierno (11 de abril de 2014)
Serrato Lozano, nuevo titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de Gobernación (La Jornada, 11 de abril de 2014)

Consejeros se reintegran al mecanismo de protección a activistas y periodistas (Proceso, 11 de abril de 2014)

Designa Segob titular para Unidad de Derechos Humanos (El Universal, 10 de abril de 2014)

Designan a titular de la Unidad de Derechos Humanos de la Segob(Proceso, 10 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: A delicate moment for the Mechanism for the Protection of Rights Defenders and Journalists (30 March 2014)

National: launching of Consultative Council of Mechanism for Protection of Journalists and Rights-Defenders (26 October 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)