1. 21 years after NAFTA went into effect, neoliberalism is still making inroads (is alive and well) in Mexico. Over the last year or so, structural reforms were passed, which largely favor corporate interests and privatization of public goods. During that same time, torture, forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions and harassment have increased. Is there any connection between the reforms and this repression? If you look at the Mexican states with the most land concessions to foreign (...)
«Our wish is that the US see us as equals:» A Q&A with Comité Cerezo (Mexico)
14 de agosto de 2015, por Comité Cerezo México
Positioning on the need to legislate a General Law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Forced Disappearance of Persons by the National Campaign Against Forced Disappearance
30 de mayo de 2015, por Comité Cerezo México
May 30th, 2015
As members of the National Campaign Against Forced Disappearances in Mexico, drivers from four years of the necessity of a general law against forced disappearance ago, we externalize our positioning around the initiatives presented by various political parties in the Chamber of Deputies, with the intention to pay the drafting of a General law on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Forced Disappearance of Persons in accordance with international (...)
Mexican protesters: Police threatened to dismember, burn us ‘like the Ayotzinapa students’
3 de diciembre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
“This is a problem that has been dragging on in Mexico since the beginning of President Pena Nieto’s administration,” said Hector Cerezo, one of the founders of the human rights group. “It´s almost as if the government is trying to scare people from attending protests.”
Human rights groups are stepping up efforts to monitor police activity during protests in Mexico, as demonstrations over the disappearance of 43 students continue across the country, often ending in violent clashes and dozens (...)
#AYOTZINAPA The terrorism of the State and the human rights of the victims.
13 de noviembre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
After listening the press conference given by the Solicitor General of the Republic, his refusal to admit the Ayotzinapa case as a State crime made evident to us that the severe human rights violation against the Ayozinapa normalistas students will not be –as they have not been- treated as their exceptional gravity requires.
The conference, far from being informative, is part of an impunity mechanism whose aim is to demobilize the outrage of the civil society about this STATE CRIME. The (...)
Mexico: Rampant State Impunity Fuels the Fires of #Ayotzinapa
8 de noviembre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
“Defenders of human rights are being threatened, harassed because of the work they are doing in Mexico in their fight against mega projects and structural reforms. The state is generating a climate of criminalization, beating, threatening unofficial executions and enforced disappearances,” said Francisco Cerezo, member of the Comité Cerezo México.
Protests and actions supporting the normalistas of Ayotzinapa have not stopped since September 26. News of the forced disappearance of 43 student (...)
Neither state’s absence nor isolated fact: #Ayotzinapa is the result of the State’s criminal politics.
24 de octubre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
The attack, the illegal execution and forced disappearance perpetrated in Iguala against the Ayotzinapa normalistas students are neither the result of the State’s absence nor an isolated fact nor the outcome of bad functionaries. By no means it can be ascribed to the infiltration of the drug traders into the State structure. Instead, it is the result of a systematic policy of human rights violation against all Mexican people, and a blatant example of repression against the organized social (...)
Mexico’s Cocktail of Political and Narco-Violence and Poverty
17 de octubre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
MEXICO CITY, Oct 17 2014 (IPS) - The images filled the front pages of Mexico’s newspapers: 61 half-dressed state policemen kneeling, with their hands tied, in the main square of the town of Tepatepec in the central state of Hidalgo, while local residents threatened to burn them alive.
It was Feb. 19, 2000. The reason the townspeople were furious was the police occupation of the Normal Rural Luis Villarreal rural teachers college in the town of El Mexe, and the arrest of 176 of the students, (...)
«Security» in Mexico doesn’t apply to many human rights defenders
10 de septiembre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
by Maggie Ervin
Felipe Calderón, president of Mexico from 2006 to 2012, had a way a talking that sounded a bit like George W. Bush, which is to say unapologetically bellicose. As soon as his term started, he declared a War on Drug Trafficking, and quickly put it into full military action. By the end of his term, the results were staggeringly tragic: more than 60,000 Mexicans dead, more than 20,000 disappeared, more than 150,000 displaced, and still plenty of drugs flowing to the U.S. and (...)
National: Report on human rights in Mexico (from June 2013 to May 2014)
10 de septiembre de 2014, por Comité Cerezo México
On August 30, the Report “Defending human rights in Mexico: A struggle against impunity (from June 2013 to May 2014)” was presented in Mexico City. It’s based on the work of documentation of Urgent Action for the Defense of Human Rights (ACUDDEH AC), Comité Cerezo Mexico and the National Campaign Against Enforced Disappearances.
The report recorded that since the beginning of Enrique Peña Nieto (EPN) Presidency, 669 arbitrary political arrests were registered, of which 412 were documented in (...)
Francisco Cerezo Reflects on his Speaker’s Tour of the Upper Midwest
11 de diciembre de 2013, por Comité Cerezo México
This October, Witness for Peace Upper Midwest hosted Mexican human rights defender Francisco Cerezo of Comité Cerezo México for a Speaker’s Tour throughout the region. In numerous universities, churches, and community groups throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, Francisco spoke to over 2,500 people about the effects of U.S. Policy in Mexico.
Francisco presentingto "Advocates for Human Rights. This 1.6 billion dollar package, the great majority of which comes in the form (...)