Impunity Mexico

IAPA Midyear Meeting, March 29 to 31, 2019, Cartagena, Colombia
WHEREAS President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has called for peace and reconciliation through the justice system and the right to truth nevertheless the cases of murders of, threats to and disappearances of journalists continue to be unresolved by federal and state authorities

WHEREAS a way of recovering security for the full practice of freedom of expression and the right to information is to unearth each of those responsible for the murders, bring them to justice and learn the truth of the motive in each case, including those that would have been prescribed, so that impunity does not continue to be an incentive to commit these attacks

WHEREAS it is necessary to establish a specific program to deal with this requirement and the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights from the Republic's Governance Ministry and Attorney General's Office

WHEREAS despite counting on resources for its functioning the Protection Mechanism for Those Defending Human Rights and Journalists those of the federal government have failed in their mission of providing timely and effective protection, which was recognized by the Under-Secretary of Human Rights, Population and Migration, Alejandro Encinas, who declared that there was being made an integral revision seeking new forms of protection, for which reason it is opportune to come up with the changes that would offer security in the task of reporting


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."


to call on the government to deal urgently with the attacks on journalists, guarantee full exercise of freedom of expression and prevent these from going unpunished

to urge the Mexican Attorney General's Office to designate a capable and committed specialist at the head of the Special Prosecutor's Office for Dealing With Crimes Committed Against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE)

to urge the Governance Ministry to finish the change in the Protection Mechanism for Those Defending Human Rights and Journalists for it to become an effective tool of prevention and protection of members of the press

to demand of the federal government and state governments that they assume and give course to resolutions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and investigate each one of the unresolved cases of the murder or disappearance of journalists, whether or not subject to statute of limitations, in order to bring justice and the right to the truth.