FOIA Notes / Human Rights

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part II: The selection of new IFAI commissioners and access to information on migrant rights

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). Continue reading

Mexican court orders a new review of the San Fernando massacre
Human Rights

Mexican court orders a new review of the San Fernando massacre

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. Continue reading

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part I: Migrant Rights and the Legacy of the Outgoing IFAI Commissioners
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Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part I: Migrant Rights and the Legacy of the Outgoing IFAI Commissioners

This post was co-authored by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau. Clearing the decks after a recent overhaul of Mexico’s transparency regime, the Mexican Senate last week rejected a request by the current group of Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI) commissioners to remain in their posts until the end of their current terms. Beginning in May, the … Continue reading

INM Defies IFAI; Still Has No Record of Meeting with Top U.S. Migration Official
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INM Defies IFAI; Still Has No Record of Meeting with Top U.S. Migration Official

Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) cannot locate a single document or electronic record relating to a 2008 meeting between INM commissioner, Cecilia Romero, and the U.S. State Department official in charge of monitoring and combating human trafficking. INM continues to declare the “non-existence” of such records despite an exhaustive, 44-page ruling from the country’s information commissioners … Continue reading

FOIA NOTES: Declassified U.S. Cable Cited in Decision to Overturn Migration Institute’s “Inexistence” Claim
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FOIA NOTES: Declassified U.S. Cable Cited in Decision to Overturn Migration Institute’s “Inexistence” Claim

Citing information in a declassified U.S. State Department cable, Mexico’s information commissioners have overturned a determination by the country’s National Migration Institute (INM) that it did not have records on the 2008 visit of Ambassador Mark Lagon, then the top U.S. official in charge of monitoring and combating human trafficking. The case stems from a … Continue reading