Article from Mexican Labor News & Analysis
Published by UE International.

Date published: March 2016

Web version: http://www.ueinternational.org/Mexico_info/mlna_articles.php?id=242#1816

CONCERN: REPRESSION OF SOCIAL MOVEMENT & HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS

Social movement activists and human rights organizations told the press this month that they are concerned about repression instigated by private corporations and carried out by the government. Miguel Mijangos of the Mexican Network of those Affected by Mining (REMA), Gustavo Lozano of the Mexican Movement of those Affected by Damns and for the Defense of Rivers (MADPER), and José Antonio Lara of the Zeferino Ladrillero Center for Human Rights told the Mexico City daily La Jornada that corporations involved in mega-projects are “fabricating crimes” in order to put their critics and opponents in jail.

They said this affects many activists in several state of Mexico—Chihuahua, Guerrero, Oaxaca, the State of Mexico, Puebla, Chapias, Vercruz, Sonora, and Coahuila, but that it is a “global strategy” also affecting other countries in Latin America.

At present they estimate that there are 350 such activists imprisoned in Mexico and held without possibility of release because of the grave nature of the crimes of which they are accused.

At the same time the Mexican government’s National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) expressed its concern about the alarming number of attacks on human rights activists, especially in the last five years. The CNDH issued a report documenting between January 2010 and December 31 2015 some 25 murders of human rights defenders and three people disappeared from 2009 to today.

Luis Raúl González Pérez who presented the report said that those who committed such murders enjoyed immunity. He also spoke of the criminalization of those involved in human rights work.

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