UN refugee chief asks Mexico to do more for asylum seekers

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10/02/19 – Associated Press

The United Nations’ top official for refugees called on Mexico Wednesday to devote more resources to the country’s badly overtaxed refugee aid agency.

High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement that the number of people seeking asylum in Mexico is only expected to grow as the United States makes it more difficult to seek asylum there.

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Mexico’s tiny refugee agency turns to U.N. amid asylum surge, funding cuts

5/21/2019 – Reuters

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Buckling under surging asylum applications and the lowest budget in years, Mexico’s tiny refugee agency has turned to the United Nations for help opening three new offices across the country starting next month, its director said on Tuesday.

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UN to help human rights training of Mexico’s National Guard

4/10/2019 – The Washington Post

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By Reuters

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s efforts to calm critics of its newly formed National Guard received a boost Tuesday in the form of an agreement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to assist in the force’s training.

High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet said that her office will offer technical assistance to ensure that Mexico’s new security force respects human rights.

“Experience shows us that you can’t have security without full respect for human rights and you can’t enjoy human rights without security,” Bachelet said.

U.N. human rights experts had been outspoken in their criticism of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s efforts to reform the constitution to give the military a formal role in the country’s policing. He eventually agreed to place the National Guard under the civilian public safety minister, but has insisted that it will be led by an active duty military officer.

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UN Group Slams Mexican Plan to Hold More Suspects Pending

12/13/2018 – The New York Times

Flag-of-the-United-Nations.jpgMEXICO CITY — A U.N. rights group is criticizing a proposal by Mexico’s leftist Morena party to broaden the list of charges that require suspects be jailed while on trial.

The bill passed last week by Mexico’s Senate adds four crimes to those considered so serious that suspects can’t be released on bail or personal recognizance.

The list currently includes serious crimes like murder, rape or terrorism, and the measure would broaden add corruption, weapons possession, child sex abuse and fuel theft from government pipelines.

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U.S. alone in opposing U.N. refugee text over sovereignty concerns

11/14/2018 – Reuters

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – The United States was the only country on Tuesday to oppose an annual draft U.N. General Assembly resolution on the work of the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) because it said elements of the text ran counter to the Trump administration’s sovereign interests.

The resolution has generally been approved by consensus for more than 60 years. But this year Washington asked for a vote.

The draft text was adopted by the General Assembly human rights committee with 176 votes in favor, while there were three abstentions and 13 countries didn’t vote. It is now due to be formally adopted by the 193-member General Assembly in December.

U.S. Ambassador for economic and social affairs Kelley Currie told the committee that while the United States valued much of what was contained in the resolution and an attached Global Compact on Refugees, some U.S. concerns were unaddressed.

The Latest: UNICEF highlights perils for children on caravan

10/26/2018 – Washington Post

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PIJIJIAPAN, Mexico — The Latest on the caravan of Central American migrants hoping to travel through Mexico to the U.S. (all times local):

5:35 a.m. UNICEF says some of the estimated 2,300 children traveling with the migrant caravan in southern Mexico are ill or suffering from dehydration.

The U.N. agency called Friday for the migrant children to be given protection and access to health care, clean water and other essentials. It says it’s working with Mexican authorities to provide drinking water and hygiene products.

UNICEF warns the long and difficult journey to the U.S. border has left the children “exposed to inclement weather, including dangerously hot temperatures, with limited access to proper shelter.”

The agency added that while many of the migrants are fleeing violence or poverty in their home countries, “the journey is long, uncertain and full of danger, including the risk of exploitation, violence and abuse.”

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UN condemns Mexico over tortured reporter case and calls for action to keep journalists safe

08/03/18 The Guardian

la-fg-tijuana-journalists-violence-photos-005The UN human rights council has rebuked Mexico for failing to protect its journalists in a ruling on the case of a prominent reporter who was kidnapped and threatened with rape by police acting at the behest of a powerful politician and one of his business backers.

The ruling was the council’s first against Mexico, which has become one of the most murderous countries in the world for media workers.

The resolution found journalist Lydia Cacho was arbitrarily detained, subjected to torture and gender violence and had her right to free expression violated.

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