European Parliament condemns the killing of human rights defenders and journalists in Mexico

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On March 11, Espacio OSC tweeted: “Yesterday, the European Parliament issued an urgent resolution on Mexico, due to the most recent attacks and murders against human rights defenders and journalists and called for a comprehensive public protection policy.”

This statement signed the CSO Space for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Espacio OSC) and other organizations noted: “Yesterday the European Parliament condemned violence, human rights violations and attacks against journalists and human rights defenders, including environmental defenders, indigenous peoples and communities, as well as those who defend women’s rights in Mexico.”

Emergency resolution (RC9-0153/2022) was passed by the European Parliament with 607 votes in favour, 2 against and 73 abstentions.

That resolution can be read here.

It notes that at least 6 journalists have been killed this year and that at least 68 human rights defenders have been killed in Mexico since December 2018.

The statement adds: “The European Parliament reiterated to the Mexican State its international obligation to adopt concrete, effective and coherent measures to prevent, protect, investigate and fully remedy human rights violations against those who defend human rights and exercise their right to freedom of expression through journalistic work.”

And it highlights: “The signatory organizations join the call of the European Parliament and demand that the Mexican State honor its international obligations, strengthening the rule of law and enforcing the regulatory frameworks that civil society organizations have promoted.”

Those signatory organizations also include the Saltillo Migrant Shelter and the Project on Organization, Development, Education and Research (PODER).

The CSO (Civil Society Organization) Space for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (Espacio OSC) – which is accompanied by the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project – includes Article 19, the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Centre, the Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, Oaxaca A.C. (Consorcio Oaxaca).

The full statement can be read at El Gobierno de México debe cesar la estigmatización contra personas defensoras de DH y periodistas y adoptar medidas integrales para protegerles.

“The Government of Mexico must end the stigmatization against human rights defenders and journalists and adopt comprehensive measures to protect them.”

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