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OAS Team to Tour Mexico on Migrants’ Rights Visit
Date: 15/07/2011 - 09:42
An Organization of American States delegation is scheduled to visit Mexico from July 25 to Aug. 2 to analyze the human rights situation of immigrants, most of them from Central America.
The delegation will be headed by the rapporteur for migrant workers and their families, Felipe Gonzalez; the executive-secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Santiago Canton; and attorney Alvaro Botero.
Gonzalez’s office said in a statement that he was invited by President Felipe Calderon’s administration to observe the human rights situation of immigrants to Mexico and follow up on the visit he made in 2002.
The team will meet with members of the federal, state and local governments, as well as civil society representatives, to learn first-hand about the human rights situation of migrants and the aid work carried out by NGOs.
They also will hold meetings with the representatives in Mexico of the U.N. human rights and refugee agencies.
The team will tour the country from north to south and visit the capital and nine other cities to monitor protection for immigrant rights in Mexico, a source, destination and transit country for migrants.
The representatives, who will publish a report on their findings, will analyze the situation on the Mexico-U.S. border during a visit to the city of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, located next door to McAllen, Texas.
They also will study the situation of migrants who cross Mexico’s southeastern frontier – particularly in Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas, the main crossing on the country’s international border with Guatemala.
The tour also will include the northern town of San Fernando, Tamaulipas – where 72 immigrants were found slain last August and various clandestine graves were discovered earlier this year – as well as several temporary immigrant detention centers.
Authorities say the 72 migrants killed in 2010 were slain by members of the Los Zetas drug cartel after refusing to work for the gang as couriers or enforcers.
According to Mexican government figures, Guatemalan, Honduran, Salvadoran and Nicaraguan nationals make up between 92-95 percent of all those housed in migrant stations in 2005-2010.
Citizens from those countries account for the vast majority of the illegal migrants who try to reach the United States via Mexico.
An estimated 300,000 Central Americans undertake the perilous journey across Mexico each year on their way to the United States.
Central American migrants follow a long route that takes them into Chiapas state, walking part of the way or riding aboard freight trains, buses and cargo trucks.
The trek is fraught with danger, with criminals and corrupt Mexican officials preying on the migrants.
At least 11,333 migrants, the majority of them from Central America, were kidnapped in Mexico between April and September 2010, the National Human Rights Commission, Mexico’s equivalent of an Ombud’s Office, said in a report released in February.
Source: Latin American Herald Tribune
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