National: Work Begins on National Plan for Human Rights (PNDH)

June 20, 2019


On June 12th, at an event led by the Secretary of the Interior Olga Sanchez Cordero and the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas Rodriguez, the work began for the preparation of the National Human Rights Program 2019-2024 (PNDH in its Spanish acronym), and it is expected to be published in December by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Sanchez Cordero stressed that the “painful crisis in human rights was inherited by the current government” and affirmed that “the reality is not going to be invented, no matter how hard it is if we want to find a permanent solution”, particularly by the omnipresent factor of impunity. She said that, “presidential instruction, as a way to have a more just society, is to address the problems caused by inequality, violence, misogyny, impunity and corruption.” She stated that to build this national program there will be 15 forums, technical tables and other events throughout the country for the design of “the public policy that the country needs.”

The Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas, asked the federal public agencies to “get out of their comfort zone and address the very difficult reality of human rights,” including the issue of migration and refugee applicants. He acknowledged that, “our country has been subject to more than three thousand recommendations for violations (to these guarantees) from international organizations, both the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and other institutions that account for the seriousness of this problem.” It revealed the importance of the advising citizen council, before “an emergency situation that demands the firm action of the State, in concurrence with society.” The academic Clara Jusidman, the member of Services and Advice for Peace (SERAPAZ in its Spanish acronym) Dolores Gonzalez; the representative of UN-Women, Belen Sanz; Consuelo Morales of Citizens in Support of Human Rights (CADHAC in its Spanish acronym); Miguel Concha, from the Francisco de Vitoria Human Rights Center; the former Minister of the SCJN, Jose Ramon Cossio, the researcher Mauricio Merino and the representative of the UNHCHR, Jan Jarab. are members of this council.

Representing the council, Dolores Gonzalez stressed that, “the participation of all is required, the history of these exercises has made us skeptical, but the serious, unsustainable, intolerable reality that we live today forces us to deploy all possible resources to transform it. It will depend on the institutional commitment to the process, on the commitment that the victims and civil society put into this process, but above all on the conviction of each to break the mechanisms that perpetuate violence and that it is possible to get closer and closer to the truth, justice, reparation and measures of non-repetition, by which it is possible to build true peace.”

For more information in Spanish:


Inician trabajos para el Programa Nacional de Derechos Humanos (Proceso, 12 de junio de 2019)

Instalación del Consejo Asesor del Programa Nacional para Derechos Humanos (Serapaz, 12 de junio de 2019)

Segob inicia Programa Nacional de Derechos Humanos 2019-2024 (SDP Noticias, 12 de junio de 2019)

No se maquillará la crisis de derechos humanos: SG (La Jornada, 13 de junio de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: Seven Journalists and 11 HR Defenders Murdered in 2019 – UNHCHR (20 de junio de 2019)

National: Absence of President Lopez Obrador at Presentation of CNDH Report “Disheartening for the Defense of Human Rights” (June 9, 2019)

National/International: UNO and IACHR Warn of Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Latin America. At Least Ten Murdered in Mexico (June 6, 2019)


Mexico: MPJD demands clarification of use of members’ private information on the part of govenrment

April 13, 2012

On 19 April, the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), led by journalist and poet Javier Sicilia, demanded that President Felipe Calderón publicly clarify the basis for the utilization of private information that his government has collected on several of the movement’s members.  This call was made following the revelations made in the Proceso magazine regarding the files organized by the Ministries of Governance and Public Security on Javier Sicilia, Emilio Álvarez Icaza, Miguel Álvarez Gándara, Clara Jusidman, Miguel Concha, and Raúl Romero. The content has to do with public information but it also includes personal data such as the location of particular places of residence, number of passports, e-mail address, data on official documents and telephones, as well as family links.

The MPJD noted in a pronunciation that “The information contained in these data reveal once again the intention to criminalize the victims and defenders of human rights and to avoid by this means taking responsibility for the protection and security of the citizenry.  The search for this information also shows to us that while the country experiences a national emergency, the federal government occupies itself with investigating its critics.”  It lamented as well that public funds be wasted in this way and not be spent in intelligent work that could contribute to security, peace, and justice.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pronunciamiento público completo del MPJD (9 de abril)

Llamado enérgico para que Calderón aclare el espionaje a integrantes de MPJD (La Jornada, 10 de abril de 2012)

Exigen a Calderón aclarar uso de información privada de miembros del MPJD (Proceso, 9 de abril de 2012

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: MPJD commemorates the anniversary of its victims in Cuernavaca (3 April 2012)

Mexico: Agenda of activities for the MPJD in 2012 (8 February 2012)

Mexico: New murder of person linked to the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (13 December 2011)

Mexico: Member of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity is murdered (18 December 2011)

Mexico: Second meeting of the MPJD with the Executive (18 October 2011)

Mexico: Second meeting of the MPJD with the executive

October 18, 2011

Castle of Chapultepec (@MPJD)

On 14 October, three months after the first meeting, President Felipe Calderón and members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) held a second dialogue in the Castle of Chapultepec in Mexico City.  It lasted 6 hours, twice as long as expected.  The meeting resulted contentious even before beginning, when photos of the victims were shown to the MPJD committee and when Javier Sicilia rejected submitting to the revision that the presidential Major State requested of him so as to access the Castle.

The first intervention was made by Emilio Álvarez Icaza, ex-ombudsman of Mexico City, who set the tone by qualifying the governmental responses to the movement’s demands as “painfully poor” and demanding that the government redouble its efforts to work in favor of the victims of insecurity.  Furthermore, he asked that a minute of silence be had in memory of the victims, among them Pedro Leyva, a member of the MPJD, who was killed in Santa María Ostula, Michoacán, on 6 October.

The priest Miguel Concha challenged the present military strategy that “may have caused irreparable damage to the country.  One of the phenomena that this militarized vision has created that we do not want is the rise of paramilitary groups that engage in social cleansing.  These groups are at least tolerated by the federal, state, and municipal governments; we hope they are not directly promoted by them.”

Javier Sicilia challenged for his part “this militarization [which] has left more dead than all the totalitarian regimes […].  We do not know if you want truthfully to begin the path of peace.”  He stressed the nonexistent response that his proposals have met with.  He requested that the executive revise the creation of the Special Prosecutorial Office for Attention to Victims of Violence, which has no budget at all, nor structure or resources; he also demanded a map of route to see how much time the Army will be deployed in the streets.  He stressed that the government has not attended to the demands of the citizenry nor of the migrants who are victimized by the National Institute for Migration.  Furthermore, he reiterated the necessity of creating a Commission of Truth to make justice for the thousands of victims.  Before finishing his speech, Sicilia made a call to the citizenry to carry out acts of peaceful civil resistance, and he called for a national mobilization on 31 October to demonstrate the will for peace.  This mobilization is also to include photos and names in plazas and cemeteries, such that those who have died will not be forgotten.

Felipe Calderón accompanied by his cabinet insisted that it was the people who requested the presence of the Army in the streets.  He rejected the idea that there is an authoritarian state: “It is not the State that kills and systematically represses and mutilates victims.”  He recognized regardless that “it is true that [the State] has not observed its function of protecting the people.”  He pronounced himself in favor of a law for victims, recognizing that the victims suffer the violence of criminals and also “the inefficiency of the State at all levels.”

Regarding the demilitarization of public security, Calderón insisted that until there are trustworthy and strong police the Army will continue to be in the streets: “Only when there are trustworthy and human police, public ministers, and judges will we have a secure Mexico.  If these institutions of security do not exist, we will never have the security or justice to which we aspire.”  He rejected the idea that there exist paramilitary groups.

Thanking the assembled for the possibility of this second meeting, Calderón recognized the gap between the citizens and their governors.  He noted that “it is the task of all” to close this gap by means of dialogue, and that it is important to “speak with each other, listen to each other, and attempt to understand each other.”  Regardless, the meeting concluded without the likelihood that there be a next one.

For more information (in Spanish):

La tentación fascista amenaza la civilidad, alerta Sicilia a Calderón (La Jornada, 15 October)

Está fracturado el Estado por decisiones erróneas de políticos: Sicilia(Proceso, 14 October)

FCH: el gobierno no reprime ni asesina (El Universal, 15 October)

Una jornada de diálogo sin acuerdos (El Universal, 15 October)

Acusa Sicilia disensos con Gobierno (La Reforma, ‎14 October)

Mi gobierno no es represor ni autoritario: el Presidente (Milenio, 15 October)

Los desacuerdos marcan la reunión entre Sicilia y el presidente Calderón (CNN México, 15 October)

Discurso de Javier Sicilia en el 2do encuentro del MPJD con el Poder Ejecutivo en el Castillo de Chapultepec (14 October)

Discurso de Emilio Álvarez Icaza en el 2do encuentro del MPJD con el Poder Ejecutivo en el Castillo de Chapultepec (14 October)

Discursos en audio del 2do encuentro del MPJD con el Poder Ejecutivo en el Castillo de Chapultepec

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Movement for Peace rejects change in dialogue format with Felipe Calderón (30 de septiembre de 2011)

Mexico: Caravan for Peace concludes after journeying to Tabasco, Veracruz, and Puebla (28 September 2011)

Chiapas: Caravan to the South Day 2 (26 September 2011)

Chiapas: Day 1 of the Caravan to the South (26 September 2011)

Oaxaca receives Caravan to the South (23 September 2011)

Chiapas: Annunciation of the Caravan to the South in Chiapas (23 September 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: organizations will welcome the Caravan to the South of the Movement for Peace (22 September)

Mexico: March “Steps for Peace” (19 August)