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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.

Advocacy and GR

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 …

Victory

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.

Urgent Action

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.

May 7, 2019 • Press Release

Remain in Mexico Plan Must Not Stand

Reacting to news that the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has halted the district court’s injunction of the Remain in Mexico plan, Charanya Krishnaswami, advocacy director for the Americas at Amnesty International USA, issued this statement:

April 25, 2019 • Press Release

Longest Detained Trans Asylum Seeker in New Mexico Detention Center Must Not Be Deported

Amnesty International USA is increasingly concerned by the treatment of Alejandra*, a transgender Salvadorian activist who has been held in ICE detention since 2017. In partnership with the [email protected] Coalition, and the National Immigrant Justice Center, Amnesty International is calling on ICE to stop Alejandra's deportation and release her on parole after Alejandra's request for a stay was denied.

April 11, 2019 • Press Release

After observing asylum hearings, Amnesty International calls to stop illegal pushbacks of asylum seekers to Mexico

The US government must immediately halt its illegal pushbacks of thousands of asylum seekers at the border with Mexico and instead facilitate their prompt reception and the processing of their cases under US law, said Amnesty International today during a visit to the border.

April 8, 2019 • Press Release

Federal Court Orders U.S. to Abandon ‘Remain in Mexico’ Plan

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction against the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” plan, temporarily blocking the policy. Also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, this plan forces asylum-seekers who have reached the US from Mexico to stay in Mexico while their claims are reviewed and decided, which could take months or years.

Victory

Urgent Action Victory! Mexican Congress Approved Security Reform (Mexico: UA 212.18)

On 28 February, Mexican Congress approved a controversial Constitutional amendment to introduce a “National Guard” in Mexico. The bill originally proposed was substantially changed after heavy criticism by human rights defenders and activists. The approved bill does not contain the most concerning provisions of the proposal and, if correctly implemented, could be a first step in the orderly withdrawal of the military from security tasks.