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    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.

    Where are they? That agonizing question remains unanswered since the horrific night six years ago when police and armed men attacked buses carrying 80 students from a teacher's college in Ayotzinapa to a protest in Mexico City. Three of the students were killed in the attack of September 26, 2014 and several seriously injured. Police took 43 students away. They were never seen again. 

    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) 

    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.” 


    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



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