Impunity Mexico

Midyear Meeting 2018
Medellin, Colombia
April, 13-15
WHEREAS despite the threats and risks facing journalists, the protection system for human rights advocates and journalists remains ineffective, as does the Office of the Special Prosecutor for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) of the Office of the Attorney General, which has avoided taking over jurisdiction of crimes committed in the various states even though these crimes are at risk of going unpunished

WHEREAS federal and state authorities allowed the statute of limitations to expire on 15 killings of journalists: Ezequiel Huerta Acosta (Coahuila, 1989); Felipe González Hernández (state of Mexico, 1987); Alberto Ruvalcaba Torres (Jalisco, 1989), Lázaro Cárdenas (Michoacán, 1991), Alejandro Campos Moreno (Morelos, 1991), Jesús Michel Jacobo and Manuel Burgueño Orduño (Sinaloa, 1987 and 1988, respectivamente); Jessica Elizalde de León (Chihuahua, 1993); Cuauhtémoc Ornelas Ocampo (went missing in Coahuila, 1995); Abel Bueno León (Guerrero, 1997); Margarito Morales Ramírez (Jalisco, 1997); Enrique Peralta Torres and José Luis Rojas (Morelos, 1994); Benjamín Flores (Sonora, 1997); and Fernando Martínez Ochoa (Chihuahua, 1998), thus making it necessary for the government to publicly assume its responsibility

WHEREAS the IAPA brought the cases of Héctor Félix Miranda, Víctor Manuel Oropeza, Alfredo Jiménez Mota, Francisco Ortiz Franco, and Benjamín Flores González before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, but the Mexican government has not complied with any of the commission's resolutions and its inaction has allowed these crimes to remain unpunished

WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec states: "Freedom of expression and of the press are severely limited by murder, terrorism, kidnapping, 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".


To demand that the Mexican government, as an urgent matter, address the attacks on journalists and prevent these attacks from going unpunished, by providing sufficient resources and personnel to FEADLE and the protection system so that these cases may be solved and journalists may be kept safe

To demand that the Mexican government accept and comply with the resolutions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and that it issue a public apology for the cases in which the statute of limitations has expired.