March 27, 2015
Fox News Latino, 3/25/2015
Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, announced an investigation into alleged abuses against farm workers by both employers and authorities in the Baja California peninsula.
Personnel traveled to the San Quintin farm in Baja California state to interview laborers who last week reported being mistreated by municipal, state and federal police officers during an ongoing strike to protest poor working conditions, the CNDH said.
March 20, 2015
BBC News, 3/19/2015
The Mexican Supreme Court has ordered the release of Alfonso Martin del Campo Dodd, a Mexican-American who was jailed in 1992 for the murder of his sister and brother-in-law.
The court ruled that Mr Martin del Campo’s confession had been extracted under torture and that there was no other evidence against him.
Mr Martin del Campo said police had placed a plastic bag over his head to make him confess to the double murder.
He is expected to be freed shortly.
February 3, 2015
By Christopher Sherman, 2/2/2015
Mexico has made a priority of passing laws against forced disappearances and perfecting a database to track missing people, the country’s permanent representative to the U.N. in Geneva said Monday.
Mexico’s delegation faced the first of two days of questions from the U.N. Committee on Enforced Disappearances, which is monitoring implementation of the 2006 International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
February 3, 2015
By UN News Centre, 2/2/2015
The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today denounced the assassination of Moisés Sánchez Cerezo, a Mexican journalist recently found murdered weeks after his disappearance, and Kenji Goto, a Japanese freelancer killed by Islamist extremists in Syria.
“His killing is an unacceptable attack on journalism, a profession that embodies the right of freedom of expression, which is indispensable to democracy,” lamented Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in a press release issued earlier today.
December 16, 2014
12/15/2014 The Washington Post
A federal judge dismissed criminal charges on Monday against two women who witnessed the June 30 army killing of suspected drug gang members in southern Mexico.
The judge in Mexico state ordered their immediate release after federal prosecutors failed to bring charges. The women had been held in a prison in western Nayarit state for more than five months for allegedly possessing weapons.
The two survived the mass slaying of the 22 suspected gang members and were jailed in violation of their human rights, after they were tortured and sexually threatened into backing the army’s version of the incident, according to Raul Plascencia, the former president of the National Commission on Human Rights who oversaw the commission’s investigation into the slayings.