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Human rights in Mexico

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Human rights in Mexico

Human Rights in Mexico have been an issue for years. The problems include torture, police repression,[1] sexual murder, and, more recently, news reporter assassinations.[2]


  • Issues 1
    • Freedom of the press 1.1
    • Massacres 1.2
    • Corruption 1.3
    • Domestic violence 1.4
    • LGBT rights 1.5
  • Human rights advocacy 2
    • Attacks on human rights advocates 2.1
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Freedom of the press

External links

  1. ^ Represión policial y paramilitar en Oaxaca; tres muertos y 23 heridos
  2. ^ Roig-Franzia, Manuel (14 July 2007). "Americans Covering Mexico Drug Trade Face Assassination Threat". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ Lauría 2010, p. 3.
  4. ^ "Mexico probes journalist Regina Martinez's death".  
  5. ^ "Deadly Trends for Journalists in 2011; 103 Killed".  
  6. ^ "Mexico".  
  7. ^ "UN human rights office concerned about killing of journalists in Mexico".  
  8. ^ "Freedom of Expression in Mexico".  
  9. ^ "Police Drug Corruption". 
  10. ^ Thompson, Ginger (September 26, 2005). "In Mexico's Murders, Fury Is Aimed at Officials". New York Times. 
  11. ^ "Mexico Police Torture persists". Reuters News Alerts. 
  12. ^ Finkler, Kaja (1997). "Gender, domestic violence and sickness in Mexico.". Social Science & Medicine 45 (8): 1147–1160.  
  13. ^ a b "Femicide and Impunity in Mexico: A context of structural and generalized violence". Retrieved 12 March 2014. 
  14. ^ Wright, Melissa W. (March 2011). "Necropolitics, Narcopolitics, and Femicide: Gendered Violence on the Mexico-U.S. Border". Signs 36 (3): 707–731.  
  15. ^ Human Rights Watch. "World Report 2013: Mexico". Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  16. ^ New York Times. September 2014 "Mexican Rights Groups File Suit for ‘Systematic and Widespread’ Abuse by Army and Police". 
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Herrick and Stuart, p. 144.
  19. ^ Rights activists killed in Mexico, Andrew Wander, 28th of April 2010, Al Jazeera, (English)


See also

  • On 26 April 2010 several human rights activists on their way to San Juan Copala, subject to a paramilitary blockade since January were ambushed by Ubisort-militia. Two were killed, and twelve are missing.[19]
  • Digna Ochoa was a human rights lawyer who was murdered in 2001.

Attacks on human rights advocates

Human rights advocacy

Local activists believe that these cases often remain unsolved, blaming the police for a lack of interest in investigating them and for assuming that gays are somehow responsible for attacks against them.[18]

Same-sex sexual acts are legal in Mexico, but LGBT people have been prosecuted through the use of legal codes that regulate obscene or lurid behavior (atentados a la moral y las buenas costumbres). Over the past twenty years, there have been reports of violence against gay men, including the murders of openly gay men in Mexico City and of transvestites in the southern state of Chiapas.[17]

LGBT rights

[16] In September 2014, several Mexican human rights groups and

According to the 2013 Human Rights Watch, many women do not seek out legal redress after being victims of domestic violence and sexual assault because "the severity of punishments for some sexual offenses contingent on the "chastity" of the victim" and "those who do report them are generally met with suspicion, apathy, and disrespect."[15]

Gender violence is more prevalent in regions along the Mexico-US border and in areas of high drug trading activity and drug violence.[14]

As of 2014, Mexico has the 16th highest rate of homicides committed against women in the world.[13] This rate has been on the rise since 2007.[13]

The rate of domestic violence against women in Mexican marital relationships varies at between 30 and 60 percent of relationships.[12]

Domestic violence

The Mexican police force often do not investigate crimes, will generally randomly select someone to be the guilty party then fabricate the evidence.[10] This issue is a major problem throughout Mexico as many of the actual police force are the ones involved in the crimes or are trying to cover up their poor police work.[11]

Corruption plagues the various levels of police, and is frequently difficult to track down and prosecute since police officers may be protected by district attorneys and other members of the judiciary. The problem is especially pronounced in northern border areas such as Tijuana, where police are engaged by drug traffickers to protect and enforce their illicit interests.[9]


Massacres have occurred in Mexican history. In recent years they've been related to the Mexican drug war, but also include prison riots, political motivated massacres, and conflicts in regional areas.


Nearly 100 media workers have been killed or disappeared since 2000, and most of these crimes remained unsolved, improperly investigated, and with few perpetrators arrested and convicted.[8]


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