Impunity Mexico

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74th General Assembly
Oct 19 to 22
Salta, Argentina

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WHEREAS the IAPA has insisted for the past two decades that the cases of murdered and disappeared journalists not go unpunished, without to date federal administrations having dealt with this request, and given the promise of the new government of real justice and the full exercise of the right to the truth

WHEREAS the IAPA has submitted to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights the cases of Héctor Félix Miranda, Víctor Manuel Oropeza, Alfredo Jiménez Mota, Francisco Ortiz Franco and Benjamín Flores González, without to date the Mexican government having attended to any of the resolutions issued by the organization, allowing with its lack of will that these crimes remain unpunished

WHEREAS to date there do not exist reasons to suppose that the murders of journalists Javier Rodríguez Valladares and Sergio Martínez González are connected to their profession, but to have clarity what is required are in-depth and serious investigations in each case, so as then to determine the reasons for their deaths

WHEREAS the mechanism of protection of people defending human rights and journalists is at risk of not being able to continue attending to 307 journalists who are under its protection, 70 of them displaced from their places of origin

WHEREAS there are regions in the states of Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca, Tabasco, Guerrero, Guanajuato, Mexico State, Baja California, Baja California South and Quintana Roo that are of the greatest danger for the practice of journalism, and there exist other areas in the states of Nayarit, San Luis Potosí, Sonora, Sinaloa and Michoacán in which violence against journalists is on the increase

WHEREAS Principle 4 of the Declaration of Chapultepec establishes: "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".

THE 74th IAPA GENERAL ASSEMBLY RESOLVES

to call upon the Mexican government to place in the priorities of its agenda freedom of expression as an indispensible mechanism for democracy and governance, undertaking to prevent the continuation of attacks upon journalists by any of the players or those in power

to ask the new government that takes over on December 1 to attend to the cases of Héctor Félix Miranda, Víctor Manuel Oropeza, Alfredo Jiménez Mota, Francisco Ortiz Franco and Benjamín Flores González, submitted by the IAPA to the Inter-American Human Rights System

to ask the new government that it strengthen and encourage the Special Attorney General's Office for Dealing with Crimes Committed Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) so that, with technical, financial and human resources and a director with experience and determination, it turns into a true organ that puts a brake on and reverses the impunity that reigns.

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