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30 Nov 2017 description

29 November 2017

In recent days, the Mexican Congress has rushed discussions about the Law on Internal Security (Ley de Seguridad Interior, LSI) that would normalize the participation of Mexico’s armed forces in public security tasks. In the media and in public spaces, legislators from various political parties have insisted on the law’s approval. Despite documented concerns from civil society organizations, and against the opinion of human rights and security experts, Mexico’s Congress plans to debate the law on Thursday, November 30.

04 Oct 2017 description

Un devastador sismo golpeó México el 19 de septiembre. Cientos de personas han muerto, miles han quedado sin hogar, y servicios esenciales han sufrido daños en varias localidades. Las autoridades mexicanas deben garantizar que los esfuerzos de ayuda y reconstrucción protejan los derechos humanos, sin discriminación.

14 Jun 2017 description

AMR 01/6479/201


Amnesty International welcomes the XLVII General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) as a regional space in which dialogue is promoted between the different countries of the American hemisphere.

08 Jun 2017 description

Approximately 400 people from rural Guatemala are stranded at the Mexico-Guatemala border in temporary shelters and tents, without adequate access to water, food, or medical supplies, after a Guatemalan court order was executed to evict them. Babies, children and elderly people are suffering from conditions such as diarrhea and fever, and there is little access to humanitarian support.

17 May 2017 description

Día tras día, los defensores y defensoras de los derechos humanos son atacados por participar en protestas pacíficas, por documentar y denunciar públicamente abusos y violaciones de derechos humanos; por buscar justicia, verdad, reparación y no repetición para estas violaciones; por impartir educación en derechos humanos y por fomentar que se respeten y garanticen estos derechos. En los casos más extremos, son asesinados debido a su labor.

17 May 2017 description

Day after day, human rights defenders are attacked for taking part in peaceful protests; for documenting and publicly denouncing human rights abuses and violations; for seeking justice, truth, reparation and non-repetition of those violations; for providing human rights education; and for fostering respect for and guaranteeing human rights. In the most extreme cases, human rights defenders are killed because of their work.

14 Oct 2016 description


As violence has worsened and poverty and inequality remain prevalent, the Central American governments of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, also known as the Northern Triangle, are doubly failing to protect their citizens: socioeconomic conditions remain poor and an increasingly violent environment permeates every corner of their countries, which causes people to flee in record numbers, but governments are failing to provide protection to those who are deported back to the same dangerous climates from which they ran.

14 Jan 2016 description


Desde 2006, organizaciones de la sociedad civil nacionales e internacionales han advertido del incremento en la desaparición de personas en México. Según datos oficiales —al momento de publicar este informe— se desconoce el paradero de más de 27,000 personas, pero no hay claridad acerca de cuántas de estas personas han sido sujetas a desaparición forzada (es decir, con participación de agentes estatales), cuántas a desaparición a manos de actores no estatales y cuántas se han ausentado voluntariamente.

14 Jan 2016 description
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In Mexico, the authorities seem equally unable to provide a coherent response at the institutional level aimed at uncovering the truth and ensuring justice and reparations for the more than 27,000 people who have disappeared. Amnesty International has documented shortcomings in the authorities’ efforts to search for the disappeared and their failure to carry out effective investigations that result in victims being identified and those responsible punished.

29 Jan 2015 description

El anuncio del procurador general de la República de que todos los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa desaparecidos están muertos es prematuro y podría limitar una investigación completa y exhaustiva sobre esta tragedia, ha declarado hoy Amnistía Internacional.

El procurador general, Jesús Murillo Karam, anunció ayer que podía demostrar que los estudiantes estaban muertos, basando sus conclusiones sobre todo en las confesiones de los sospechosos detenidos. Sin embargo, no pudo mostrar pruebas fehacientes de ello.

04 Sep 2014 description

Mexico: Shocking rise in reports of torture and ill-treatment as authorities turn a blind eye

Torture and ill-treatment in Mexico is out of control with a 600 per cent rise in the number of reported cases in the past decade, according to a new report published by Amnesty International.
The organization is calling on the Mexican government to act now to stop the wide-spread and persistent use of torture by members of the police and armed forces.

13 May 2014 description

The use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment by military and police forces remains widespread throughout Mexico, with impunity rife for the perpetrators. Mexico has made numerous commitments to prevent and punish torture and other ill-treatment, but these measures are inadequate and largely ignored. The shortcomings of Mexico’s justice system play a major role in the continuing prevalence of torture and other forms of ill-treatment in the country – and in the persistent culture of impunity.

19 Feb 2014 description

Amnesty International calls on Mexico’s President to confront critical human rights situation

At a meeting with President Enrique Peña Nieto, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Salil Shetty, delivered a memorandum demanding an urgent list of actions to combat entrenched impunity and serious human rights violations.

01 Sep 2013 description

AI index: IOR 51/006/2013

Every year in dozens of countries around the world, thousands of men, women and children are detained by state authorities for no reason, never to be seen again. They are the “disappeared”.
In 2012 alone, Amnesty International documented such cases in 31 countries. Here are five facts you should know on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, 30 August.

07 Jun 2013 description

Relatives of the disappeared deserve more than promises

Disappearances in Mexico have become commonplace because federal and state authorities have tolerated and refused to clamp down on them, Amnesty International said as it launched a new briefing today.

The recent commitments by senior government officials to end disappearances and locate the victims are important, but will mean nothing to the relatives if they do not produce tangible results to end impunity and clarify the whereabouts of victims.

14 Jan 2013 description

Concrete measures are needed to back up a new law aimed at guaranteeing the rights of victims of crime and human rights abuses in the ongoing violence resulting from the struggle against organized crime in Mexico, Amnesty International said.

Mexico’s new President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the General Victims’ Law (Ley General de Víctimas) into effect on Wednesday.

29 Aug 2012 description

The last time Victoria Montenegro saw her biological mother, Hilda Ramona Torres, she was just 13 days old.

On 13 February 1976, a military intelligence group forced their way into her home in Buenos Aires province, Argentina, killed her parents (both political activists) and took her to a police station. Hernán Antonio Tetzlaff, who led the military operation, took her, changed her name and adopted her as his daughter.

14 Aug 2012 description

En toda América los gobiernos siguen discriminando a las poblaciones indígenas al negarles su derecho a participar en decisiones que pueden tener consecuencias devastadoras para su supervivencia cultural. Carreteras, ductos, centrales hidroeléctricas y explotaciones mineras a cielo abierto son algunos de los proyectos de desarrollo que los gobiernos siguen llevando a cabo dentro de territorios indígenas o en sus proximidades sin obtener el consentimiento libre, previo e informado de estas comunidades.