‘Justice Mexico Now’, is a campaign that is born in the context of increased impunity for human rights violations in Mexico. We are beginning as a campaign, but we intend to establish as a non-governmental organization to set up a long term plan of action. We currently work with students, unions, NGOs, MP’s and other campaigning organizations.
Drug gang members, police forces, military and public officials have been extensively involved in violence against civilian population and on human rights abuses, murders and disappearances. The goal of Justice Mexico Now is to raise awareness in the U.K. of the acute human right crisis in Mexico, to campaign for an increased engagement of UK and European Human Right’s organizations with the situation in Mexico, to lobby for more discussions about the responsibility of the Mexican state in consistently failing to apply the rule of law, in taking part on the violations of human rights and in allowing the culture of corruption and conflict of interests of public servants to go unpunished.
The world has been outraged since 43 students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, were disappeared by force by the Mexican police on the 26th September last year in Guerrero. Up till now, the students have not been found – not either alive, nor dead- and the Mexican government has not yet investigated the participation of federal police and military forces in their disappearance or whereabouts, even though there is consistent evidence pointing out to their participation. The 43 students become part of the more than 28,000 disappeared in Mexico.
Please see this page for a complete account of the case of the 43 students.
Other statistics are not less shocking, here you can see some of them:
- Mexico human rights crisis has seen more than 60,000 people killed from 2006 to 2011, with estimations by NGO’s pointing out to more than 150,000 deaths.
- There have been found more than 120 clandestine mass graves, with numbers increasing each day.
- More than 47,000 migrants are estimated to have been killed in the past six years, according to the Institute for Women in Migration.
- Torture and ill-treatment in Mexico is out of control with a 600 per cent rise in the number of reported cases in the past decade, according to a new report published by Amnesty International.
- The federal judiciary report on 7 firm convictions ever for torture in the federal courts. A conviction rate of 0.006 per cent.
- Finally according to Amnesty’s survey, 64 per cent of Mexican citizens are afraid that they would be tortured if detained by the authorities.
It becomes clear that in Mexico there is a human rights crisis, as these ciphers exceeds that of many countries at war. Authorities routinely fail to adequately investigate crimes so impunity is on the rise. Please join our campaign to raise awareness of the situation in Mexico and to demand an end to impunity and to Human Rights abuses in the country as well as demonstrating solidarity and support for the victims in Mexico.