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    June 04, 2013

    A mother’s tireless efforts to search for her missing son tell a tale of horror and hope in Mexico

    by Kathy Price, Amnesty International Canada's campaigner on Latin America


    More than two years have passed since I met Yolanda but I have never forgotten her or the harrowing story she told me.

    Yolanda’s son Dan Jeremeel, an insurance agent living in northern Mexico and the father of four young children, disappeared in December 2008.  He left the house according to his normal routine. But he never returned. He was never seen again.

    June 03, 2013

    The new report Confronting a Nightmare - Disappearances in Mexico launched on June 4th, 2013, in Mexico City. The report addresses:

    Current situation of disappearances and enforced disappearances in the context of a rise in violent crime and human rights violations in the last few years Who are committing the crimes Who the victims are and the impact on families Risk for Human Right Defenders and relatives Impunity for virtually all cases What the Mexican government is doing on this What must be done For more information, please contact: Elizabeth Berton-Hunter Communications - Media Officer Amnesty International Canada 416-363-9933 ext 332
    March 12, 2013

    Routine abductions, sexual violence, forced recruitment into criminal gangs, people trafficking and murder of migrants are normal events in the lives of the tens of thousands of irregular migrants that cross Mexico every year and, according to Amnesty International, impunity for these grave abuses is the norm.

    The government of Enrique Peña Nieto, which last Sunday completed a hundred days in office, has not so far taken any steps to correct the abject failure of the previous administration to deal with this humanitarian crisis.

    “Once again, the fate of irregular migrants in Mexico appears to be reduced to a side issue,” said Rupert Knox, Amnesty International’s researcher on Mexico.

    “Yet migrants’ shelters and human rights defenders have told Amnesty International of an increasing flow of migrants and an escalation in attacks on them and those working for their rights.”

    March 05, 2013

    The people behind the killing of journalist Jaime González Domínguez in Ojinaga, Mexico on 3 March 2013 must be brought to justice, Amnesty International said.

    Jaime Gonzalez Dominguez, journalist and editor of the local electronic media outlet, Ojinaga Noticias, was shot and killed by a group of armed men who fired 18 bullets into his body before stealing his camera.

    As a result of his murder and the potential risk to other colleagues, Ojinaga Noticias ceased operations.

    The repeated killing of journalists in recent years, which can only have been encouraged by the prevailing impunity for such crimes, has had a direct impact on reporting in Mexico.

    Journalists and media workers have been left at grave risk and this has had a chilling effect on media coverage of violence and security issues, particularly in northern states.

    It is essential that prompt, full and effective investigation is conducted into the killing of Jaime González Domínguez and that other journalists operating in the region are provided with protection.

    March 05, 2013

    As President Enrique Peña Nieto completes 100 days in office, the few measures his government has taken on human rights simply do not match the gravity of the situation that Mexico is experiencing.

    “There are worrying signs that this government is failing to give sufficient priority to the protection of human rights. It must make a clear break with the previous administration’s empty human rights promises and deliver on ending impunity for abuses,” said Javier Zúñiga, Amnesty International special adviser.

    In December, Amnesty International’s Secretary General wrote to the new president to ask for immediate action on a range of serious issues - to date there has not been a substantive response.

    The organization called for a radical change to public security policy to ensure the end of grave abuses such as torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearances and for perpetrators to face justice.

    Peña Nieto made commitments to implement the recommendations of the UN Committee on Torture in November 2012, but so far there is little evidence of the actions needed.

    January 10, 2013

    Concrete measures are needed to back up a new law aimed at guaranteeing the rights of victims of crime and human rights abuses in the ongoing violence resulting from the struggle against organized crime in Mexico, Amnesty International said.

    Mexico’s new President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the General Victims’ Law (Ley General de Víctimas) into effect on Wednesday.

    Since 2006, more than 60,000 people have been killed and thousands have disappeared in the violence by organized crime and as a result of security force operations. The victims and their relatives have frequently been ignored and are routinely denied access to justice.

    The efforts of Mexican NGOs – including victims of the violence themselves – have been crucial to the measure’s passage, and they are hopeful it will ensure victims are treated with respect, crimes are investigated and compensation is paid to help stop similar abuses from being repeated in the future.

    Join Amnesty International and the Americas Policy Group for an evening of inspiring storytelling and solidarity with: 


    Their names are Héctor, Brenda Karina, Jorge Antonio, Dan Jeremeel … The list goes on and on.

    Some were last seen being taken away by military or police, like the 43 students of Ayotzinapa. Others left their homes but never arrived where they were going. All disappeared, never to be seen again.

    It’s nothing less than an epidemic. More than 35,000 people are now reported missing, at least half of them during the current government of President Enrique Peña Nieto.

    Families desperate to find their loved ones meet with indifference or hostility from officials whose ‘investigations’ are destined from the start to lead nowhere.

    Join us to hear from respected Mexican human rights expert Dr. Sergio Aguayo about the impact of Trump on politics in Mexico, and ways to address the country's ongoing human rights crisis, including the situation of migrants crossing Mexico.

    WHEN? March 9, 2017 from 7:00-8:30 PM
    WHERE? Room 2017, Dunton Tower, Carleton University - see 

    Dr Aguayo is a long time political analyst and research professor at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de Mexico where he coordinates the Seminar on Violence and Peace. He writes a weekly column in Reforma, as well as 14 other newspapers. His 2015 book De Tlatelolco a Ayotzinapa: Las Violencias del Estado focuses on state complicity in human rights violations.

    Amnesty International, The Americas Policy Group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation - CCIC , Nobel Women's Initiative and IPolitics invite you to join us for a policy roundtable to discuss the most pressing human rights issues in Mexico including disappearances, threats and attacks on human rights defenders and journalists, labour rights, and violence against women.

    For more information, please see the Facebook event. 

    Free | Open to the public 

    Register here:

    Refreshments will be served 

    Join us for a thought-provoking presentation by visiting Mexican human rights defender Míguel Alvarez Gándara. Míguel works with the Fray Bartolome de las Casas Human Rights Centre in Chiapas and the peace-building organization Serapaz. He is a highly respected spokesperson for Mexico’s Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which has publicized the names and photos of thousands of victims killed during the government’s war on drugs. Míguel will also talk about efforts to support the families of 43 disappeared students from a teachers college in Ayotzinapa in their quest for truth and justice.

    The event will offer an opportunity to add your voice to Amnesty’s Butterflies for Mexico Action Campaign - see

    When: Tuesday May 10 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM

    Where: Mary Ward Centre, 70 St Mary Street, Toronto  [ West of Bay St. + South of Charles St. - Bay or Museum subway stops ]

    Free | Open to the public | No registration required

    The ongoing severe human rights crisis in Mexico, now compounded by two serious earthquakes, presents a compelling challenge. It is essential to hear the voices of civil society leaders in Mexico who are on the front lines of the human rights crisis, often at great risk to their security. Five human rights defenders will share their testimony on disappearances, labour rights, women’s rights, threats to human rights defenders and journalists, indigenous and land rights and send a strong message for action.

    Guest speakers: 

    • María Martín, Program Coordinator at JASS Mesoamérica, a feminist social justice organization

    • Araceli Tecolapa Alejo, José Morelos y Pavón Human Rights Centre in Guerrero

    • Roberto Abel Jiménez García, Section 22 (Oaxaca) of the National Education Workers Union (SNTE) 

    • Julia Quiñonez, Coordinator of the Border Committee of Women Workers (Comité Fronterizo de Obreras) 


    Come check out Amnesty International's table at the Mexican community's vibrant, traditional, artistic celebration of Day of the Dead in Toronto.

    Sign our petitions and help create a massive, colourful montage of Monarch butterflies in support of 43 missing students and more than 28,000 others disappeared in Mexico.

    Amnesty International thanks the Dia de los Muertos Collective for the invitation to collaborate on this event and help make visible the human rights crisis in Mexico.

    From 4 pm to 10 pm



    Federal authorities must launch a full and thorough investigations into the disappearances for 43 missing students in Iguala, Mexico as doubts persist that the bodies found in a mass grave belong to the missing students, said Amnesty International today. 

    “The search for these missing students must continue in earnest. This horrific crime has shocked the world and the truth must come out. The coming days provide a vital window to establish what really went on and these sensitive investigations must be performed by those at the highest, federal level, including with the support of international forensic experts already assisting investigators,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director, Amnesty International.

    "Now is the time for President Enrique Peña Nieto to step up and ensure rapid and thorough investigation into these abuses to get to the bottom of what has happened to these victims. It is imperative that Mexico’s promises to respect human rights are not just government platitudes behind which a host of abuses can be committed with impunity.” 


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