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January 29, 2020 • Press Release

Amnesty International Demands NGO Access to Mexico’s Migrant Detention Centers

In response to the decision by the National Institute of Migration (INM) to temporarily suspend access by all religious associations and NGOs to the country's migration detention centers, which was denied hours later by the Ministry of the Interior, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International, said:

January 24, 2020 • Press Release

Anniversary of the implementation of so-called ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy marks rampant rights abuses

Wednesday, January 29 marks one year since the Trump administration implemented an unprecedented program disingenuously titled the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP), also known as “Remain in Mexico,” under which the U.S. government forcibly returns people to Mexico while they ask for asylum in the U.S.  Since last January, close to 60,000 people who arrived at …

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Urgent Action: Defender’s Body Found After 40 Days Missing (Mexico: UA 162.19)

Authorities found the body of Arnulfo Cerón Soriano, indigenous human rights defender, on 20 November in a clandestine grave near the city of Tlapa, Guerrero state in western Mexico. Arnulfo was a member of the Popular Mountain Front and Movement for the Freedom of Political Prisoners of the State of Guerrero (MOLPEG). He disappeared on 11 October on his way to a meeting in this city. Authorities must redouble their efforts to investigate his disappearance and death, holding those responsible to account, and ensure safety of Arnulfo´s family and organizations that support him.

Advocacy and GR

Amnesty International Statement for Hearing on “Examining the Human Rights and Legal Implications of DHS’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy”

For PDF, please click here. November 18, 2019   Rep. Kathleen Rice Chair   Rep. Clay Higgins Ranking Member   House Homeland Security Committee Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations   RE: Amnesty International Statement for Hearing on “Examining the Human Rights and Legal Implications of DHS’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy”   On behalf …

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Urgent Action: National Guard Harasses Migrant Shelter (Mexico: UA 93.19)

Since the National Guard was deployed in Mexico with a new role addressing migration-related issues, Amnesty International has seen concerning behaviors that could put at risk the rights of migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and human rights defenders. On 23 June, 6 officers attempted to raid, without warrant or legal cause, the migrant shelter CAME, in the northern state of Sonora, and harassed human rights defenders working there. It is urgent to put a stop to a situation that threatens the rights of people working at and being protected by migrant shelters across the country.

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Amnesty International Supports Challenge to “Remain in Mexico” Policy, Describing Dangerous Conditions Asylum-Seekers Face in Mexico

Read the brief here: 2019.06.26 Amnesty International Amicus Brief in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan Amnesty International, along with other rights groups, filed a brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Innovation Law Lab v. McAleenan supporting the challenge to the so-called “Migrant Protection Protocols.” The brief draws upon Amnesty …

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Urgent Action Victory! Killing of Samir Flores Under Investigation (Mexico: UA 24.19)

The Attorney General of the State of Morelos has opened a criminal investigation into the killing of environmental, land and territory human rights defender Samir Flores Soberanes. Mexico’s National Protection Mechanism has also granted protection measures to several other members of his movement.

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Urgent Action Victory! Killing of Samir Flores Under Investigation (Mexico: UA 24.19)

The Attorney General of the State of Morelos has opened a criminal investigation into the killing of environmental, land and territory human rights defender Samir Flores Soberanes. Mexico’s National Protection Mechanism has also granted protection measures to several other members of his movement.

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Urgent Action: Asylum Seekers at Risk of Mass Detentions (Mexico: UA 84.19)

Simultaneous to negotiations between the USA and Mexico around possible tariffs on Mexican goods, hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers were detained on Mexico’s southern border on the highway near Metapa in Chiapas state. On 5 June, Mexican migration agents and elements of the National Guard detained approximately 400 people. They were taken to an already overcrowded detention center, and many were deported the following day without proper explanation to their right to seek asylum or explore other migratory options in Mexico. On 6 June, the government announced the deployment of 6,000 National Guard members to Mexico’s southern border.

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