Damning Report on Missing Mexican Students Says ‘Justice Neglected’

7/24/15 Newsweek

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An independent Mexican commission said on Thursday it found serious flaws in an investigation into the apparent massacre of 43 students last year, dealing a fresh blow to President Enrique Pena Nieto over a scandal that has battered his administration.

The case became a symbol of impunity over disappearances and plunged Pena Nieto into his deepest crisis after the 43 trainee teachers were abducted and very likely murdered by a drug gang working with corrupt police in southwest Mexico last September.

A report by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said the attorney general’s office, which has only identified the remains of one of the 43, still had not compiled basic information about the victims, who came from poor backgrounds.

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CNDH Reports that at least 11,000 migrant kidnappings in a year (Spanish)

gr-mexico-immigrants-624La Jornada, 3/4/2013

The president of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), Raúl Plascencia Villanueva, reported in just one year,  there were 11,000 kidnappings of immigrants in Mexico.

The head of the agency said that they  are still updating the data and the latest figure is part of the CNDH records.

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Vanishing victims: The ‘open wounds’ of Mexico’s drug war

CNN, 1/16/2012

Beyond the drug war’s mounting death toll, a growing group of victims is drawing increased attention. More than 5,300 people have disappeared in the past five years, Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission reports. Alfonso Moreno, whose son went missing a year ago, is one of many parents who have become vocal members of a national peace movement.

This story is the second in an occasional series looking at the violence tied to Mexican drug cartels, their expanding global connections and how they affect people’s daily lives.

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Plan presented to protect journalists (in Spanish)

El Universal, 11/4/2010

The federal government and the Mexican National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) presented the plan to adopt preventative measures to protect the country’s journalists, especially from organized crime.

The Interior Secretary (Segob) declared that the next stage will be to create an Evaluation Committee, which will include three journalists.

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Read also analysis by journalist and Mexico Institute colleague Dolia Estevez about violence against journalists in Mexico…

In addition, Poder features an opinion piece about the issue on 11/3/2010.

AL DÍA: Violence against Mexican journalists raises U.S. Concern

Dolia Estévez, AL DÍA: News and Analysis from the Mexico Institute,* 10/16/2010

The case of Jorge Luís Aguirre, editor of the website LaPolaka.com, sets an important precedent: for the first time ever, the United States has granted political asylum to a Mexican reporter.  Aguirre fled Ciudad Juárez in 2008 after receiving death threats for exposing alleged corruption amongst Chihuahua state officials. He was given political asylum in September by an immigration judge in El Paso, Texas, his new home.  In doing so, the U.S. government began to acknowledge that Mexico is a dangerous place for journalists to work. Despite the increasing levels of violence in Mexico, the U.S. in the past had been reluctant to grant asylum to Mexican journalists and other citizens to avoid reinforcing the perception that the security situation is out of control.  U.S. government sources insist that Aguirre’s case does not represent a “shift” in U.S. asylum policy toward Mexico.

According to a new special report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ),  Silence or Death in Mexico’s Press, to be presented at the Wilson Center on November 8th, drug-fueled crime, violence, and corruption have devastated the country’s press corps and destroyed citizens’ rights to freedom of expression and access to information. Violent crimes against journalists in Mexico, where nine have been killed in 2010 alone, prompted a joint official fact finding visit to Mexico in August by the OAS and UN Special Rapporteurs for Freedom of Expression.  In a preliminary report on the trip, they expressed concern about the “murder of journalists and other very serious acts of violence against those who disseminate information, the widespread impunity in these cases and self-censorship.”

More than 30 journalists have been killed or have disappeared since President Felipe Calderón launched his war on drugs in December 2006.  A new research paper published by the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, found that not one of the murders or forced disappearances of journalists since 2000 have been really solved. Impunity is allowed to prevail in the vast majority of cases.

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National Commission on Human Rights requests 30% increase in budget to confront insecurity (in Spanish)

El Universal, 9/28/2010

In order to be able to respond to increased demands due to insecurity and the wave of violence in Mexico, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) has asked for an 30 percent increase in its budget for 2011, a total of 212 million pesos.

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National Commission of Human Rights has its ability to investigate the Attorney General’s Office limited (In Spanish)

El Universal, 3/11/2010

The Supreme Court validated a reform that will impede the ability of the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) to investigate violations of rights committed by officials of the Attorney General’s Office (PGR).

In a divided vote of seven against four, the majority of the justices of the court declared valid the reform to article five of the law governing the PGR (Ley Orgánica de la PGR), which states that information will only be provided to the CNDH when it “does not put at risk ongoing investigations or the security of individuals.”

The CNDH challenged this reform, believing that this measure sought to impede their investigations into human rights violations committed by the PGR in the fight against organized crime.

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