Mexico City, October 31, 2022.- During the months of July, August and October, human rights defenders and journalists participated in the Regional Meetings of the North, South and Central zones of Mexico. They were attended by people from Tamaulipas, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Nuevo León, Baja California, Baja California Sur, Sinaloa, Sonora, Chihuahua, San Luis Potosí, Jalisco, Guanajuato, Aguascalientes, Michoacán, Querétaro, Puebla, Morelos, Mexico City, State of Mexico, Veracruz, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Chiapas, Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan.
The purpose of these encounters was to generate a collaborative work route to promote strategies aimed at building a comprehensive public policy to guarantee the right to defend human rights and freedom of expression, based on the needs identified in each region.
As a result of the reflections that took place, the main challenges were identified in the local and regional contexts, with respect to the increase in violence against defenders and journalists, such as smear campaigns, greater judicial harassment, through criminal and administrative channels, and the Arbitrary use of public force against those who exercise the right to protest. All this in a context of increasing militarization of public security, where collusion between local authorities and members of organized crime also converges.
The capacities and omissions of the State to guarantee conditions for the full exercise of such rights were also analyzed, such as the lack of knowledge and non-compliance with the legal framework of protection and the lack of accountability and concrete actions to address violence and limitations in the exercise. of their rights, by the institutions required to prevent, protect, investigate, punish and fully repair the damage.
Given this context, the attendees emphasized the need for government agencies to comply with their obligations, and among other actions, design a comprehensive public policy focused on guaranteeing the right to defend human rights and freedom of expression. The foregoing implies guaranteeing the implementation of local regulatory frameworks, the allocation of human and financial resources to government agencies responsible for complying with said obligations, the promotion of a culture of human rights through the generation of recognition and awareness campaigns on the rights of human rights defenders and journalists, the opening of dialogues in all states on the adoption of a general regulatory framework, the strengthening of coordination between the different levels of government and the Federal Protection Mechanism, as well as stopping attack said groups and promptly, diligently and impartially investigate crimes and human rights violations committed against human rights defenders and journalists.
Finally, derived from the meetings, territorial work actions were established aimed at strengthening networks between these populations, monitoring the implementation of local regulations on protection, and continuing to promote said public policy through dialogue with government actors and the realization of technical proposals that pay for its design and execution.
These meetings were organized by the organizations that make up the CSO Space for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, with the support of the Delegation of the European Union and the German cooperation agency Pan Para el Mundo.
CSO Space for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists made up of: ARTICLE 19; Saltillo Migrant House; Mexican Center for Environmental Law (CEMDA); Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center; Zeferino Ladrillero Human Rights Center (CDHZL); National Center for Social Communication (Cencos); Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH); Communication and Information of Women AC (CIMAC); Consortium for Parliamentary Dialogue and Equity, Oaxaca AC; Institute of Environmental Law AC (IDEA); National Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations All Rights for All (RedTDT); Services and Advice for Peace (Serapaz); The CSO Space is accompanied by Peace Brigades International (PBI).