Impunity - Mexico

WHEREAS journalists José Luis Ortega Mata and Saúl Antonio Martínez Gutiérrez were murdered this year, and the authorities have yet to adequately solve the crimes WHEREAS the government of Mexico has not responded to the recommendations issued by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in relation to the April 29, 1988 murder of Héctor Félix Miranda, and the July 3, 1991 murder of Víctor Manuel Oropeza, while such recommendations affirm that Mexico stands accountable to the international community for the violations WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec provides that “Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, pressure, intimidation, the unjust imprisonment of journalists, the destruction of facilities, violence of any kind and impunity for perpetrators. Such acts must be investigated promptly and punished harshly” THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE IAPA RESOLVES to urge the government of Mexico and its judicial branch to take such action as may be necessary to prevent impunity from surrounding such cases.