National / International: Caravan of migrants from Honduras arrives in Mexico

October 22, 2018

Caravan of migrants from Honduras (@AFP)

On October 19, thousands of Honduran migrants entered Mexico where, according to media reports, they were greeted by tear gas. On October 13, they had left in a caravan from San Pedro Sula
in the North of Honduras with the intention of arriving in Mexico to continue later to the United States. According to information from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico (UN-DH), the caravan is made up of more than 3,000 people – including minors, women and seniors – fleeing violence, poverty and human rights violations in their country.

This Caravan has provoked the anger of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who has called on the Central American countries and the Mexican authorities to do everything necessary to stop them, even threatening to suspend the financial support given to them.

Since October 17, the Mexican authorities had sent some 240 members of the Federal Police to the southern border so as to accompany an operation of the National Institute of Migration, which would include the observation of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH). For its part, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) announced that migrants would be treated in accordance with the law and with respect to their human rights: those who have a passport or visa will enter as well as those who submit refugee applications while those who violate the law will be deported. The head of the SRE, Luis Videgaray, also announced that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was asked to help Mexico to process these requests and to find a permanent solution.

In light of what happened on the 19th, the Secretary of the Interior, Alfonso Navarrete, indicated that an agreement had been reached with the migrants for them to enter Mexico in an “orderly manner”, in groups of between 50 and 100 people to be reviewed, but that the Caravan “broke the agreement” by trying to enter Mexico “by force” and “hurting” Mexican police.

On the other hand, several civil and social organizations, as well as churches, have expressed the need to respect migrants’ human rights and calling for solidarity.

For more information (in Spanish):


Ante crisis humanitaria, exigimos a los gobiernos de GUatemala y de México, respeto a los derechos que tienen las personas migrantes (OSC, 19 de octubre de 2018)

La caravana de migrantes entra en territorio mexicano (El País, 19 de octubre de 2018)

Qué busca la caravana migrante y por qué México los recibe con 200 policías para impedir su paso (Animal Político, 19 de octubre de 2018)

La policía mexicana lanzó gases contra los migrantes, según un VIDEO de periodistas en la zona (Sin Embargo, 19 de octubre de 2018)

México recibe a la avanzada de la Caravana Migrante; llegan las primeras peticiones de asilo (Sin Embargo, 19 de octubre de 2018)

Policía Federal frena irrupción de caravana migrante a México (La Jornada, 19 de octubre de 2018)

Detienen en Chiapas a Irineo Mújica, activista defensor de migrantes (La Jornada, 18 de octubre de 2018)

Gobierno mexicano atiende solicitudes de refugio para migrantes hondureños (La Jornada, 18 de octubre de 2018)


¿CARAVANA O ÉXODO DE MIGRANTES? (CELAM, 18 de octubre de 2018)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National / International: Mexico, migration filter? September 21, 2018

National/International: OSC Asks for Suspension of Agreement with US to Convert Mexico into “Migration Filter” in Return for Favors in Renegotiation of NAFTA June 25, 2018

National: 84 Organizations and Collectives Oppose Gendarmerie at Southern Border April 30, 2018

Mexico – National/International: Latest Amnesty International Report on the Deadly Return of Central American Asylum Seekers from Mexico February 15, 2018

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

November 13, 2013

índiceDuring the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) carried out by the UN Human Rights Council (HCR) with reference to Mexico in Geneva, Switzerland, on 23 October, member-states released 176 recommendations for the Mexican government–four years ago, the government received 91.  These recommendations reflect serious criticisms made of the Mexican government, making reference to 29 subjects addressed by representatives from 89 countries.

The points which were most stressed included the lack of protection for human-rights defenders and journalists, the persistence of laws allowing for community control and military tribunals in the case of human-rights violations committed by soldiers, in addition to the situation of women and other vulnerable social groups, such as migrants and indigenous peoples.

Mexican ambassador Juan José Gómez Camacho accepted before the UN that “if we congratulate ourselves for our progress in terms of human rights, there still exist important challenges to be overcome.  In terms of human rights, all efforts can surely be improved and should be intensified.”

Different civil organizations emphasized for their part that although the Mexican government has presented different legal initiatives in terms of human rights, it has not done enough to carry them into practice, nor has it ratified international accords which would demonstrate its commitment in this sense.

It is important to stress that the questions addressed by the UPR this time had also been raised during the previous UPR of 2009.  Now, four years later, these continue to be pressing issues.  Mexico should analyze these recommendations, and in March 2014 report to the UNHCR its plan of action to observe these.

For more information (in Spanish):

Abolir arraigo y discriminación, exigencia a México en la ONU (La Jornada, 26 de octubre de 2013)

México no aplica las reformas en derechos humanos, acusan (La Jornada, 25 de octubre de 2013)

México acepta rezagos en derechos humanos ante ONU, responderá hasta marzo (CNN México, 25 de octubre de 2013)

Derechos Humanos en México: impunidad persistente (La Jornada, 24 de octubre de 2013)

Mexico recibe 180 recomendaciones por violación a DH (El Universal, 23 de octubre de 2013)

Sesión completa del EPU México en Ginebra (3h 24 min.)

For more information from SIPAZ (in Spanish):

Mexico: Mexico undergoes the Universal Periodic Review (13 February 2009)

Mexico: The Mexican republic rejects recommendations made by the UPR (16 July 2009)