IACHR CONDEMNS KILLING OF IMMIGRANTS IN MEXICO
The IACHR urges the State of Mexico to
maximize its efforts to investigate these crimes and to prosecute the
perpetrators and masterminds. The Inter-American Commission also calls
on the State of Mexico to urgently adopt all necessary measures to
protect all migrants within its territory and to guarantee absolute
respect for their human rights. The Inter-American Commission today sent
a letter asking the State for information about what occurred.
The situation of migrants in transit
through Mexico is an issue of great concern for the Inter-American
Commission. In a public hearing held last March, the IACHR received very
serious information regarding the large number of kidnappings, a figure
that according to the organizations participating in the hearing was
reportedly as high as 18,000 in 2009. In the hearing, it was indicated
that these persons are victims of torture and that they are kidnapped
for ransom. It was also reported that the majority of those kidnapped
are children and women.
A principal, autonomous body of the
Organization of American States (OAS), the IACHR derives its mandate
from the OAS Charter and the American Convention on Human Rights. The
Inter-American Commission has a mandate to promote respect for human
rights in the region and acts as a consultative body to the OAS in this
matter. The Commission is composed of seven independent members who are
elected in a personal capacity by the OAS General Assembly and who do
not represent their countries of origin or residence.
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