Human Rights in Mexico (August 21, 2018)

Source: Tribunal Internacional de Conciencia
Author: National Lawyers Guild 
August 21, 2018 
Translation: Carmen Haydeé Matos y Sánchez (contact:


Preliminairies on the Final Resolutions of the International Tribunal of Conscience (ITC) after hearings in Puebla, Guerrero, Mexico State and Mexico City.

ITC held audiences from the 11th to the 18th of August in the four cited locations. México is one of the most violent states in the world, due to lack of safeguarding human and political rights. We verified that the constant state of violence threatens the dignity of lives that warrants an endurable and trusted right to live. We see that institutions of all levels in governance have no diagnosis nor strategy to face generalized and institutional violence. The ITC was headed by the National Lawyers Guild (NLG-USA) to validate and follow up the compliance of the 2015 Tribunal Ruling held in New York.

It was accompanied and coordinated by: Asociación Mexicana de Abogados del Pueblo Guerrero (AMAP-Guerrero), Centro de Derechos Humanos Minerva Bello- Guerrero, Coordinadora Nacional Plan de Ayala-Movimiento Nacional-Puebla (CNPA-MN), Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de Dayton-Ohio, Asociación Prevención, Capacitación y Defensa del Migrante (PRECADEM AC-CdMx), Colectivo por la Paz en Colombia desde México (COLPAZ-CdMx), Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Víctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en México (AFADEM-FEDEFAM), Comisión Ciudadana de Derechos Humanos del Noroeste AC, Asamblea de las Diásporas-Confederación de la Diáspora Peruana (CDP-PERUALLIANCE), 
En Vero (Canadian Association for Rights and Truth), Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos-CdMx.

We visited the cities and states where we joined different actors: members of society, groups of faith, victims of violence, human rights organizations, students of Chiapas and Ayotzinapa, and academy members.


Preliminar Determinations:
  • General sense of terror;
  • A common view that an International Tribunal could generate a sense of citizen involvement and a possible reduction of acts against life;
  • Chilapa and Carisalio did not offer conditions for a safe presence and work of the Tribunal;
  • Multiple testimonies of threat against life, kidnapping, massacres, extrajudicial deaths, disappearances, torture, forced displacement through transnational corporations that use organized crime for their own safety, and misuse of public sources for social programs already privatized to help foreign investment.
  • Reported mistrust of mass media, since they are frightened and hide the reality of threats, official interests and other shadow interests.
  • Displacement and disappearances reported were due they say, to the complicity of authorities and crime.
  • Many persons reported a lack of interest and follow up on penal cases against army, state and federal police, organized crime from state and federal authorities, especially in red zones as Guerrero where no responsible one has been presented to justice.
  • In Guerrero, as in the rest of the country, a great amount of political imprisioned under false proofs that society itself and institutions present. The government do not recognize this. Solid fear exists that no matter how jail or torture will be justified. This happened before, where in the so called “Guerra Sucia”, (Filthy War), threats to witnesses and payments for absenses, or substitutions by elements of political parties and others, were used.

We underline that in this context of human rights violations and violence, the state needs to strengthen its efforts to assure political rigths in human rights framework, to the citizenship eager to exercise free will and freedom, free of intimidation, inhibition or coertion in search of justice.

In the following weeks the participant organizations will meet again to determine a final ITC Ruling or Report.The NLG will be present in the Tribunal new hearing on November, coordinating and consolidating the consultation and observation with all organizations involved in this effort.