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Mexico: News & Updates
Mexico shares a 2,000-mile border with its neighbor to the north. The US has played a significant role in militarizing the nation in misguided and ineffective policies to stop the flow of drugs and immigrants. Human rights abuses are prevalent throughout Mexico but especially in the southern, mostly indigenous states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. Human rights defenders and indigenous community leaders—working to protect their ancestral lands and heritage—are targeted with threats, assaults, abductions and assassinations. Their struggles for peace and liberation are linked with those of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples throughout the hemisphere.
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December 15, 2015
threats to Catholic priest and migrant rights defender Fray Aurelio Montero Vásquez, who presented a legal complaint for the kidnapping and sexual violence of migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco State.
November 26, 2015
shootings, murder and threats to indigenous human rights and campesino land rights defenders, members of the National Front for Socialism (FNLS) in Chiapas State and Mexico City and Campesino Organization Emiliano Zapata for the National Front for Socialism (OCEZ-FNLS). Shot: Matías Flores, Jesús Hernández Reyes, Rubicél Hernández García, Emilio Morales Díaz. Killed: Hector Sántiz López. This follows years of death threats by paramilitaries Los Petules, which has been blockading the OCEZ-NFLS communal land Ejido El Carrizal, in Chiapas.
November 25, 2015
unjust detention and false charges against National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) member Juan Carlos Orozco Matus, Othón Nazariega Segura, Efraín Picaso Pérez and Roberto Abel Jiménez García in Oaxaca.
November 23, 2015
unjust detention and state harassment of human rights defenders Rocio Celeste Martínez Gregorio and Fidel Desiderio Martínez in Oaxaca
June 14, 2015
death threats to Omar Esparza, widower of human rights defender Bety Cariño, who was assassinated in 2010 while assisting indigenous communities in Oaxaca State.
May 16, 2015
disappearance of political journalist Bernardo Javier Cano Torres, who had been threatened by the brother of the former mayor of Iguala, Guerrero, who was removed from office for his suspected role in the disappearance and presumed execution of 43 college students in September 2014
May 1, 2015
unjust detention of Mayan journalist Pedro Celestino Canché Herrera, reporting on protests of local water supply system
April 13, 2015
after the forced disappearance (and suspected assassinations) of 43 college students in Guerrero in September 2014, urging the government to improve and expedite its investigation
March 1, 2015
harassment of two indigenous women who were key eyewitnesses in a murder trial in the Triqui indigenous community of San Juan Copala in Oaxaca State.