INM Invokes Human Rights Clause of Mexican Access Law; Says Right to Information is “a Fundamental Human Right”; Cites Presumption of Disclosure Nearly four years later, Mexico’s federal migration agency has for the first time released declassified files on the August 2010 San Fernando massacre—in which 72 migrants were pulled from buses in Mexico’s northern …
Case fell into “gray area” between labor exploitation and trafficking, according to U.S. Embassy The recent exposure of inhumane conditions in overcrowded U.S. migrant detention centers, now overwhelmed with tens of thousands of migrant children seeking refuge from violence and instability in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, has refocused attention on the root causes of migration, the brutal …
Migrant rights defenders, activists, and families from El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala provided stories of cases of extreme violence against migrants in transit during a hearing with Mexican senators. (El Universal)
Mexico’s Senate is now in the process of selecting the country’s new information commissioners who will be at the center of pivotal transparency and human rights decisions for years to come. The competition is intense, with 158 candidates vying for the seven top positions at the Federal Access to Information Institute (IFAI).
In a case that has important ramifications both for access to information and for human rights investigations in Mexico, a federal judge declared last week that the country’s information commissioners can and should determine whether an infamous 2010 massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas state by alleged agents of the Zetas drug cartel might constitute a grave violation of human rights under established international legal norms.
Mexico’s Interior Ministry reported on Thursday that the Mexican military rescued 43 migrants who had ben kidnapped in the northern state of Tamaulipas, as well as detained three suspects. Among the migrants were 23 Mexicans, 8 Salvadorans, 7 Hondurans, and 5 Guatemalans. (El Heraldo.hn)
Civil society commends advances in the right to know; raises concerns over new national security exemptions On November 20, 2013, Mexico’s senate passed new reforms to the country’s transparency system, approving modifications and establishing greater autonomy for the country’s information oversight body – the Federal Institute for Access to Information and Protection of Data (IFAI). …
La Opinión reported that declassified from the U.S. government revealed that massacres of migrants carried out in Mexico from 2010-2012 were allowed to take place as a result of inaction by the Mexican authorities. (La Opinión)
The non-government organization Citizens for the Defense of Indigenous and Afro-Mexicans, accused migration authorities (INM) of committing abuse against Haitian migrants in Chiapas. (La Jornada)
Marcela Turati, award-winning journalist for Proceso magazine, published an investigative report using declassified documents from the U.S. with information on the Tamaulipas massacres of hundreds of undocumented Central Americans between 2010 and 2012. (Proceso)