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Migration News – September 2-6, 2013

  • La Jornada reported that that new Wikileaks documents reveal a spying program called FinFisher that has been used by Mexico’s federal agencies to intercept private information. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights had notified IFAI weeks prior about the need to investigate the spy program. (Animal Politico y La Jornada)
  • New criticisms surfaced this week regarding the jurisprudential criteria recently approved by the Mexican Supreme Court (SCJN) which limits human rights provisions contained in international treaties and represents a significant setback for Mexico. (CNN México)
  • Mexico’s Attorney General (PGR) announced an agreement to establish a forensic commission with non-government organizations along with the participation of the UN to identify the remains of migrants in Tamaulipas and Nuevo León. (Vanguardia)
  • During a seminar entitled “The Right to Access to Information and Human Rights: the case of San Fernando,” held in the offices of IFAI, Article 19 defended its position that the state should release the files on the massacre of 72 migrants in 2010 in San Fernando (El Diario NTR)
  • The Secretary General of IFAI Juan Pablo Guerrero gave statements emphasizing that to implement effective structural reforms in Mexico requires effective accountability measures and institutional controls. (Criterio)
  • The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) announced on Monday that it will celebrate its 48th Extraordinary Session in Mexico City, where the issue of migration will be the central theme. (LaPrensa.hn)
  • Mexico’s leading archdiocese accused migration authorities with indifference to the suffering of migrants, a week after the deadly crash of the train known as “The Best” in the state of Tabasco. (Milenio)
  • Former head of the Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano says the argument that the U.S. border with Mexico needs to be more secure has  been used as an excuse not to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill. (USA Today)
  • UN human rights chief (OHCHR) called for governments to develop human rights-based policies to more effectively address migration issues. (UN News Centre)
  • A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request has led to the disclosure information showing a disproportionately high amount of abuses committed against transgender immigrants held in U.S. federal immigration detention and processing facilities since 2008 (WOMENSNEWS)
  • Inter-Press Service reported that pastoral migrant rights defenders in Mexico are facing growing challenges while their work lacks support from Catholic Church. (IPS)

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