All News items from Mexico

Mexico: Two break-ins at the offices of SIPAZposted on: 2015/08/26

An international organization that accompanies and supports human rights defenders in Mexico reported two break-ins at their offices in San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas between 14 and 18 August 2015.

More than 500 writers and artists sign letter to Mexican President condemning killing of journalistsposted on: 2015/08/18

More than 500 writers, journalists and artists from around the world have sent a letter to President Enrique Pena Nieto calling on him to end violence against journalists in Mexico.

Update: Mexico – Indigenous human rights defender, Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez, acquitted of fabricated chargesposted on: 2015/07/27

On 18 February 2015, the District Court in the State of Oaxaca in Mexico
acquitted Ms Bettina Cruz Velázquez of all charges that were brought against her relating to acts or omissions gravely affecting the "national consumption and national wealth" and illegally detaining individuals.

Joint Statement: NGOs Denounce "Shortcomings" of Mexico's Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalistsposted on: 2015/04/30

Brussels/Washington, 29 April 2015.

The undersigned organisations express our concerns regarding a crisis thwarting the implementation of the Mexican Federal Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in recent months.

Update: Mexico – Transfer of Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz to Guerrero State Prisonposted on: 2015/04/03

As of 30 March 2015, environmental and human rights defender Mr Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñoz has been transferred back to prison in his state, Guerrero, from maximum security prison in Tepic state.

Mexico: Stop Defamation Campaigns Against Women Human Rights Defenders from CEDEHMposted on: 2015/04/03

The Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition, of which Front Line Defenders is a member, issued a statement on 1 April 2015 calling for an end to the defamation campaign against women human rights defenders (WHRDs) Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal Department of CEDEHM in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Mexico – Update: Release of human rights defender Mr Juan Carlos Flores Solísposted on: 2015/02/06

Human rights defender Mr Juan Carlos Flores Solís has been released from prison where he had been held since his arrest in Puebla on 7 April 2014. Despite his release, Juan Carlos Flores Solís still faces a number of other charges.

Update: Mexico – Detention of human rights defender Mr Mario Luna Romeroposted on: 2014/09/15

On 11 September 2014 at 9:40 a.m., human rights defender Mr Mario Luna Romero was arrested by a group of men dressed in civilian clothing who were driving 3-4 white pick-up trucks.

Update: Mexico – Charges against human rights defender Mr Juan Carlos Flores Solís dropped as he awaits sentence for 'aggravated robbery'posted on: 2014/09/15

Two of the three criminal proceedings against human rights defender Mr Juan Carlo Flores Solís have been dropped, while one case remains pending. The human rights defender has been held in detention since his arrest in Puebla on 7 April 2014. He now awaits trial on charges of 'aggravated theft'.

World Cup 2014 Campaign - Nataniel Hernandez Nuñezposted on: 2014/07/03

Representing Mexico in our #HumanRightsCup World Cup 2014 campaign is Nataniel Hernandez Nuñez, a human rights defender (HRD) working in Mexico.

Joint letter: Mexico – Detention of environmental and human rights defender Mr Marco Antonio Suástegui Muñozposted on: 2014/06/25

The 52 organizations and persons signatory to this letter, which work for the protection of human rights and the environment, address you in order to express our deep concern at the detention of Mr Marco Antonio Suástegui, leader of the Consejo de Ejidos y Comunidades Opositores a la Presa La Parota – CECOP (Council of Communal Lands and Communities Opposing the La Parota Dam), on 17 June by members of the Ministerial Police of the Attorney General of Justice of Guerrero State.

Human rights defender Mr Omar Esparza Zárarte on hunger strike over impunity for the assassination of human rights defender Ms Bety Cariñoposted on: 2014/05/07

On April 29 2014, human rights defender Mr Omar Esparza Zárarte began a hunger strike, demanding that the Mexican and Oaxacan authorities end the four years of impunity for those responsible for the of killing human rights defender Ms Bety Cariño.

Mexico: Worrying developments for the Protection Mechanism for HRDs and Journalistsposted on: 2014/04/04

The undersigned organisations are deeply concerned by recent developments that have taken place regarding the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) and Journalists in Mexico.

Mexico: joint briefing note on the situation of human rights defendersposted on: 2014/03/26

Front Line Defenders, Protection International, PBI, and CIFCA have issued a joint briefing paper on the situation of human rights defenders in Mexico, in view of the EU-Mexico Human Rights Dialogue, which took place in Brussels on the 18th March 2014.

Mexico: Update - Ongoing harassment of the Asamblea Popular del Pueblo de Juchitánposted on: 2014/02/12

On 10 February 2014, human rights defenders Mr Mariano López Gómez and Ms María Isabel Jiménez Salinas received phone calls in which they were harassed for their resistance to the Bíi Hioxo wind farm.