Mexican judge says probe into 2014 killings inadequate: rights center

08/12/18 Reuters

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A Mexican judge said the country’s attorney general has not “exhaustively, adequately and effectively” investigated the extrajudicial executions of 22 people allegedly committed by the military in 2014, a human rights organization said on Sunday.

The Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Prodh) said the judge ordered the attorney general’s office to “carry out a series of proceedings to immediately clarify the case and establish responsibilities, including the chain of command involved in the illegal order to shoot” the victims.

“This lack of due diligence is one of the many forms taken by the unacceptable cover up of serious human rights violations in Mexico,” said Prodh, which represents a survivor of the shooting, Clara Gomez Gonzalez.

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Exclusive: Nearly 1,800 families separated at U.S.-Mexico border in 17 months through February

06/11/2018 Reuters

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyNearly 1,800 immigrant families were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from October 2016 through February of this year, according to a senior government official, as President Donald Trump implemented stricter border enforcement policies.

The numbers are the first comprehensive disclosure by the administration of how many families have been affected by the policies. Previously, the only numbers provided by federal officials on family separations covered a single two-week period in May.

The government official, who agreed to speak only on condition of anonymity, said he could not provide up-to-date statistics, but acknowledged the number of separations had risen sharply in recent weeks, largely because of new administration policies.

In May, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a ‘zero tolerance’ policy in which all those apprehended entering the United States illegally would be criminally charged, which generally leads to children being separated from their parents.

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Mexican tribunal creates committee to investigate students’ disappearance

06/05/2018 Reuters

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A Mexican tribunal ordered on Monday the creation of an independent commission to investigate the disappearance of 43 students in southern Mexico nearly four years ago, citing shortcomings in the federal prosecutor’s investigation.

The federal tribunal called for the creation of the Investigatory Commission for Truth and Justice, which will be made up of victims’ representatives, the National Human Rights Commission and the Federal Public Ministry.

“The investigation was not quick, effective, independent or impartial on the part of the federal prosecutor” as demanded by international protocol, the tribunal said in a statement.

“It has been determined that there is sufficient evidence to presume that the confessions and accusations against the accused were obtained through torture,” it said.

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Migrant caravan: Eight cross the US-Mexico border

05/01/2018 BBC News

migrantesEight women and children travelling in a controversial caravan to seek asylum in the US have been allowed to cross the border.

Some 150 Central American migrants arrived at the San Ysidro border crossing near San Diego on Sunday but were told the crossing was full.

Eleven others believed to be members of the group have been charged with entering the US illegally.

President Donald Trump says the caravan is a threat to the safety of the US.

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Some 200 migrants in Mexico caravan to seek U.S. asylum: organizers

04/09/2018 Reuters

migrantesAt least 200 Central American migrants in a “caravan” traveling through Mexico that provoked the ire of U.S. President Donald Trump plan to seek asylum in the United States, organizers said on Monday.

After arriving in Mexico City on Monday, hundreds of migrants poured into the Basilica of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic shrine, to give thanks, collect themselves or unleash emotions coiled tight during their long journey together from the southern border.

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Mexico starts giving caravan migrants transit visas

04/04/2018 Santa Fe New Mexican

childrenThe Mexican government began handing out transit or humanitarian visas to people in a caravan of Central American migrants, and said the procession of 1,000 or so migrants that drew criticism from President Donald Trump had begun to disperse.

Some migrants who awoke at the camp Wednesday said they would try their luck at requesting asylum in the U.S., others in Mexico.

Elmer Gomez, 38, from eastern El Salvador, has been sleeping with his wife and three children aged 7, 13 and 14 on the soccer field under blankets as they wait for temporary transit visas from Mexico to continue to the U.S. border. He hopes to request asylum and join relatives in New York.

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The caravan of migrants that’s alarmed President Trump stalls at a soccer field

04/03/2018 The Washington Post

child_immigrant_cbp_border_gettyAfter days of walking from Mexico’s southern border, the caravan of hundreds of migrants that has drawn President Trump’s Twitter ire has now halted on a brown-grass soccer field, its participants unsure and anxious about the way forward.

The men and women, most from Central America, were squatting Tuesday in a walled public park while government officials decided their fate.

“We are scared, just like you,” Irineo Mujica, the head coordinator of the migrant caravan, told the assembled group through a megaphone Tuesday morning. “Now President Donald Trump has said that he wants to hit us with nuclear bombs.”

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