In a memorandum delivered to President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador yesterday, Amnesty International presented findings and concerns regarding the human rights situation in Mexico, together with a series of specific recommendations, with the aim of contributing to the new government’s plans and actions to resolve the human rights crisis facing the country.
“Mexico and the world are waiting to see whether this new government will take on the challenge of ending the severe human rights crisis in the country,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.
“The change that Mexico needs requires the president-elect and his team to prioritise the human rights agenda in government decisions and to review the public policies and legislation that today pose a threat to the rights of all individuals.”
Despite certain institutional and legislative developments, there are still serious obstacles to overcome in relation to issues such as access to justice, enforced disappearances, the rights of Indigenous Peoples, the situation of violence against human rights defenders and journalists, gender-based violence against women, girls and LGBTI people, the abuses suffered by migrants and refugees, the failed public security strategy, and the widespread use of torture and other ill-treatment, among others.
Amnesty International believes that, by taking these recommendations into consideration, the new administration could bring about substantial change in the country.
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