Demand for Inquiry Into Police Abuse of Women May Embroil Mexico’s President

09/22/16 The New York Times

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)MEXICO CITY — International human rights officials are demanding an investigation into the brutal sexual assaults of 11 Mexican women during protests a decade ago — an inquiry that would take aim at President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was the governor in charge at the time of the attacks.

The demand is part of a multiyear examination by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights into abuses during a 2006 crackdown ordered by Mr. Peña Nieto on San Salvador Atenco, a town in Mexico State where demonstrators had taken over the central square.

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Mexico Victims Discover 75 Mass Graves, Rebuke Authorities

09/06/16 InSight Crime

Family members of disappeared persons in east Mexico have discovered 75 mass graves in a month in a stark demonstration of the incapacity — or unwillingness — of authorities to determine the fate of thousands of citizens that have gone are missing in the country.

The Solecito Collective of Veracruz (Colectivo Solecito de Veracruz) found the mass graves in Colinas de Santa Fé, an urban area of Veracruz city that borders the port facility there, the organization’s coordinator Lucía de los Ángeles told RadioFórmula.

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Mexico Plans to Tame ‘The Beast,’ Cut Migrant Route North

09/03/16 InSight Crime

fence at borderThe Mexican government has announced a new strategy to stop migrants from hopping the infamous north-bound freight train known as “The Beast,” a plan that would cut off a route that has been used by millions of people seeking undocumented entry into the United States.

The Ministry of Communications and Transport (Secretaría de Comunicaciones y Transporte – SCT) made the plan official via publication in the federal gazette on August 23, the first time the government has laid out a detailed strategy for taming The Beast (La Bestia) since it launched the Southern Border Program in July 2014.

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Understanding the Link Between Business and Human Rights in Mexico

08/17/16 The Huffington Post 

mexico-flagHas a corporation ever made you feel vulnerable? Have your rights been ignored? Does it seem that businesses have no oversight? Then this may be of interest to you.

In 2011, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The principles reiterate that nations must control business activities, that corporations must respect human rights, and that victims must have access to justice.

US and Mexico’s mass deportations have fueled humanitarian crisis, report says

07/27/2016 The Guardian

deportation.jpgMass deportations and inadequate asylum procedures in Mexico and the US have fueled a humanitarian crisis where desperate Central Americans seeking refuge from rampant violence are routinely preyed upon by criminal gangs and corrupt officials, according to a new report by the International Crisis Group (ICG).

The tide of people fleeing Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala – three of the five most dangerous countries in the world – continues apace despite beefed-up border control measures implemented after Barack Obama declared the 2014 surge in undocumented migrants a humanitarian crisis. Last year, Mexico deported 165,000 Central Americans, while the US expelled 75,000.

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Torture scandal in Mexico: American “nearly beaten to death”

07/13/16 The Washington Post 

MEXICO CITY — Ronald James Wooden flexes the large blacksmith’s hands with which he once forged everything from large chandeliers to intricate jewelry. He’s says he is still regaining feeling in them three years after a four-hour beating with fists and rifle butts by municipal police in southern Mexico.

The officers tightened his handcuffs and then stood on them to inflict maximum damage to his hands, said Wooden, 46, who had set up a workshop in the hills outside the silver-mining city of Taxco along with his Mexican-born wife.

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Mexico´s faces a test to end torture of women by police and military

07/12/16 Amnesty International 

AmnestyInternationalVerónica Razo, a Mexican 37-year-old mother of three is terrified of sleeping. Every night, when she lies in her bed in a small cell in Morelo’s’ federal prison, an hour outside the capital, Mexico City, her mind replays the scariest 24 hours of her life.

On 8 June 2011 federal police raped, suffocated and electrocuted her in a warehouse in Mexico City. She was tortured so badly that she almost died as a result. Police wanted her to say that she belonged to one of the brutal criminal gangs causing mayhem across the country. She has been behind bars since then.

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