Mexico: stop forcing refugees back to danger
Every year Mexico illegally forces thousands of people to return back to life-threatening situations in Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. This practice is called refoulement, is illegal under international law, and must end now.
Those affected are fleeing death threats as well as attacks and extortion from powerful gangs that control large parts of the territory in their countries. Many have to make a dangerous journey to seek protection in Mexico and are often misinformed by Mexican National Institute of Migration (INM) about their rights to seek asylum in the country.
Refugees who face INM officials are sometimes mocked and the officials don’t ask or care about why they left their countries and push them back to a situation where they could face being killed. This is against the law in Mexico.
But there are stories that show us that this can change. Emilia sons and brother were killed in El Salvador but after being deported the first time, she finally found protection for her and her family and is living now safely in the state of Baja California.
Help create more happy endings for Central American refugees. Call on the Mexican authorities to stop sending back people whose lives are at risk.
Sign the petition and demand that the Commissioner of the National Institute of Migration urgently implement a review of screening processes implemented by the National Institute of Migration (INM). This review must have the aim of:
• Implementing a pro-active screening system that improves identification of potential asylum seekers within the first moments of contact with the INM;
• Ensuring irregular migrants who are apprehended and detained are properly informed of their right to seek asylum in Mexico;
• Ensuring their access to asylum procedures faces no obstacles;
• Curbing illegal practices of refoulement and ensure they are met with administrative sanction.