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Mexico: "Open season" on journalists as third reporter killed in a month

The killing of the third journalist in a month in Mexico raises new alarms about the state of free expression in the country, said Amnesty International. Miroslava Breach, a reporter for La Jornada and el Norte de Juarez, was shot dead while she was in her car outside her home in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua. Miroslava was known for reporting on issues including organised crime and drug trafficking.

Date:
24 March 2017
  • News
  • Americas

How President Trump’s spat with Mexico will crush Central American refugees

Judging by the spat between US President Donald Trump and his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto, over who will pay for the infamous wall to separate their countries, the two leaders could not be further apart. But the two presidents have something in common: they are both ignoring the lives of the many men, women and children who are desperately fleeing some of the most violent countries on earth.

Date:
12 February 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

USA: Trump’s policy decisions blocking refugees puts hateful rhetoric into action

In reaction to President Trump’s Executive Order to effectively prevent refugees from seeking resettlement in the USA, Salil Shetty, Secretary General at Amnesty International said: “President Trump’s Executive Order effectively blocking those fleeing war and persecution from war-torn countries such as Syria, from seeking safe haven in the USA are an appalling move with potentially catastrophic consequences.

Date:
27 January 2017
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

USA: We Will Fight Trump’s Effort to Close U.S. Borders

Today President Donald Trump issued several executive orders related to immigration, including constructing a wall on the border with Mexico, building more detention centers, and stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding. “We will fight this dangerous move with everything we’ve got,” said Margaret Huang, executive director of Amnesty International USA. “This wall would say that those from outside the United States, especially from Latin America, are to be feared and shunned – and that is just wrong.

Date:
25 January 2017
  • Campaigns
  • Americas
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Mexico: Congress to vote on regressive torture bill

The Mexican lower house of Congress has finalized its version of a General Law on Torture. This version of the bill has key amendments that, if passed, would increase impunity for torture and undermine access to justice in relation to torture complaints. The Congress resumes on 1 February and the bill is listed for voting by the full Chamber of Deputies.

Date:
16 January 2017
Ref:
AMR 41/5476/2017
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  • Migrants

Wire Magazine January - March 2017: Welcome to Mexico

In this issue we look into the eyes of Central American refugees in Mexico and at how detentions and deportations are replacing Mexican hospitality; focus on hotspot Italy and abuses of refugees and migrants by European governments; highlight Indonesia and the great palm oil scandal; suggest practical ways to protect online privacy; and celebrate a few of the ways you made a positive difference in 2016.

Date:
1 January 2017
Ref:
NWS 21/5183/2017
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  • Refugees

I left Syria thinking that I would return in two weeks. That was four years ago

On the morning that Zain Alabdin Ali, a young 23-year-old Syrian, left the makeshift house he shared with his parents and four brothers and sisters in a small town near his native Aleppo, he thought that the adventure would be nothing more than a temporary escape. It was 2012, and only a few weeks earlier his parents had decided to move the family out of Aleppo, just before the once magnificent city would become synonymous with horror and destruction, forcing millions of people to flee in terror.

Date:
11 December 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Exploitation of Natural Resources

Americas: New platform highlights rising wave of attacks against environmental activists

On international day of human rights defenders, Amnesty International is launching an innovative online tool to highlight the rising wave of attacks against environmental activists across the Americas. Speak out for Defenders! features dozens of stories of activists from every corner of the Americas who have been harassed, threatened, attacked, unfairly jailed and even killed as punishment for their work to protect the environment.

Date:
10 December 2016
  • News
  • Americas
  • Refugees

Looking into the eyes of Central American refugees in a time of hate and fear

Ten years ago I arrived in Mexico for the first time. A heavy backpack strapped around my waist, I toddled over a large, concrete bridge that divides Mexico and Guatemala. When I crossed the border, a man with his shirt unbuttoned down to his belly and sweat pouring down his chest took my passport, glanced at it for no more than two seconds, then stamped it with a smile and cheerily barked to me “welcome to Mexico.

Date:
30 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • United States of America
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Your words really did change lives

In the run-up to Write for Rights 2016, we look back at what your words achieved last year, reminding us that the simple act of writing has a power all its own. Last year Amnesty supporters across the world wrote an astonishing 3. 7 million letters, messages, emails, tweets and much more as part of Write for Rights. From Afghanistan to Zambia, dedicated campaigners, students, school kids and loads of others got on board.

Date:
25 November 2016
  • News
  • Mexico
  • Women and Girls

Mexico: Release of women tortured to confess brings glimmer of hope to many others

The release from prison of three women who were subjected to rape and other forms of tortured in 2011 by marines to force them to “confess” to crimes brings a glimmer of hope to hundreds of others who are held behind bars unfairly across Mexico, said Amnesty International. Denise Lovato, Korina Urtrera and Wendy Díaz each spent more than five years in prison. They walked out of jail in the State of Morelos this morning after a judge acquitted them and ordered their immediate release.

Date:
17 November 2016
  • Campaigns
  • Mexico
  • Asylum

Mexico: Hundreds stranded on Mexico–US border at risk

Hundreds of displaced Haitians, Africans and internally displaced Mexicans are stranded in the Mexican cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, many awaiting appointments with US Customs and Border Protection across the border. Many are in precarious conditions without adequate shelter, security and psychological support. Some of them, as well as Central Americans from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, could be at risk of being deported to situations of risk if official asylum screening is not improved.

Date:
10 October 2016
Ref:
AMR 41/4963/2016