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Mexico: Rights consultants ‘outraged’ over assaults on girls activists

A bunch of UN unbiased human rights consultants on Wednesday urged the Authorities of Mexico to research and prosecute those that assault and kill girls activists trying to find their lacking family.

“We’re outraged that these trying to find forcibly disappeared relations and family members proceed to be focused and face violence in Mexico,” they mentioned in a assertion, issued within the wake of two latest incidents.

Brutal homicide of girls activists

Human rights defender Teresa Magueyal was shot lifeless whereas using her bicycle in Celaya, Guanajuato state, on 2 Might.  Her son, José Luis Apaseo Magueyal, 34, disappeared three years in the past.

Ms. Magueyal was a part of a bunch shaped by households of people that have disappeared and was the sixth volunteer to be killed since 2021, in accordance with media experiences.

Two months earlier, Araceli Rodríguez Nava, who is in a tireless seek for her disappeared son, was attacked in Chilpancingo, capital of Guerrero state. The incident happened on 4 March.

Each girls have been beneficiaries of the federal safety mechanism for human rights defenders and journalists, the UN consultants mentioned. Though their instances stay below investigation, details about its effectiveness has been scarce. 

Guarantee freedom and security

The UN consultants urged the Mexican authorities to make sure human rights defenders engaged on enforced disappearances can function freely and safely.

They mentioned enforced disappearances and assaults concentrating on these activists are linked to the presence of organised crime teams, extortion, human trafficking, kidnapping networks, corruption and collusion with authorities.

Moreover, working in a relentless surroundings of worry, menace and insecurity has an intimidating impact on family of the victims, civil society, human rights defenders, and organisations.

Examine and prosecute 

They added that most of the rights defenders are girls and older individuals, rising their danger of being focused.

“This can be very worrying that impunity for crimes in opposition to human rights defenders and activists continues regardless of complaints being filed. Prevention measures and safety for victims and targets of the assaults are both not supplied, or not efficient,” they mentioned.

“The Authorities of Mexico must promptly examine, prosecute, and impose acceptable sanctions on any particular person liable for the alleged violations”. 

Undertake all measures 

As their assertion was issued on the Worldwide Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, the UN professional surged the Mexican Authorities “to undertake all obligatory measures to stop irreparable harm to the life and private integrity of these trying to find the forcibly disappeared, their relations, civil society actions, organisations and public servants.” 

They famous {that a} presidential marketing campaign referred to as De Frente a la Libertad is underway in Mexico that’s giving larger visibility to the dangers confronted by journalists and human rights activists within the nation.

They mentioned it was time for authorities to take efficient measures to guard human rights defenders trying to find fact and justice. 

About UN rights consultants 

The assertion was issued by Mary Lawlor, UN Particular Rapporteur on the scenario of human rights defenders; Reem Alsalem, UN Particular Rapporteur on violence in opposition to girls and ladies, and Claudia Mahler, Unbiased Professional on the enjoyment of all human rights by older individuals.

It was endorsed by a UN Working Group and Committee whose mandates cowl enforced or involuntary disappearances.

The consultants have been appointed by the UN Human Rights Council and work on a voluntary foundation.

They don’t seem to be UN employees and don’t obtain cost for his or her work.  

Centro de Estudios Ecunémicos – Hundreds of girls in Mexico seek for their lacking kids.

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