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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.
HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AMERICAS: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES AT A TIME OF REGRESSION
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.
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.
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.
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.
1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“States have the obligation to engage with Indigenous Peoples at the earliest stage of any decision-making process that affects them. Ignoring that obligation only creates a climate of bad faith, distrust and polarisation which can fuel social unrest and conflict
Mariano Machain, Campaigner on Economic, Social and Cultural rights at Amnesty International
The Mexican authorities have failed to protect women from increasing levels of violence and discrimination or to ensure those responsible face justice, said Amnesty International in a report handed to a UN body due to examine the state of women’s rights in Mexico.
On 17 July, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will evaluate Mexico’s compliance with the Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. The UN body will publish their conclusions and recommendations after the session finishes on 27 July.