Complaints of human rights violations in Mexico spike by 18%

Protesters hold a cross reading “Enough of Migrants' blood” during a demonstration against human rights abuses in El Espical, Oaxaca. (Reuters)
Protesters hold a cross reading “Enough of Migrants’ blood” during a demonstration against human rights abuses in El Espical, Oaxaca. (Reuters)

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Mexico ended 2015 with nearly 10,000 complaints of alleged human rights abuses, representing an increase of 18 percent compared to the figures recorded in 2014.

President of Mexico’s National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), Luis Raul Gonzalez, released the numbers Wednesday as part of his annual address.

Mexico is one of the countries in the region with the most cases of torture, arbitrary executions, human trafficking and forced disappearances.

In 2015 alone, 453 cases of disappearances were registered, while in the past decade some 27,000 people have been reported missing and another 150,000 killed, with reported links to organized crime.

According to Gonzalez, by the end of 2015 the CNDH had received 3,152 human rights complaints relating to improper provision of public services like security, 1,871 complaints relating to lack of honesty and impartiality in state services and 1,697 complaints for refusing medical care.

President Peña Nieto has been dismissive of both national and international human rights organizations demanding reforms in Mexico.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/Complaints-for-Human-Rights-Violations-in-Mexico-Spike-by-18–20160407-0006.html

Mexico looking at 33 named in “Panama Papers”

Washington Post – Mexican tax authorities say they are investigating 33 citizens of Mexico whose names are mentioned in documents in the “Panama Papers” leak. Tax authority head Aristoteles Nunez told Radio Formula on Wednesday that some of those mentioned in the documents were already subjects of investigations. He refused to identify those people.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/the-latest-mexico-looking-at-33-named-in-panama-papers/2016/04/06/6e93df7c-fc54-11e5-813a-90ab563f0dde_story.html

Ford announces $1.6 billion investment in Mexico, derided by Trump

A man selling ice cream man pushes his cart in front of a Ford sales store in Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)
A man selling ice cream man pushes his cart in front of a Ford sales store in Mexico City. (Edgard Garrido/Reuters)

By Paul Lienert, Bernie Woodall, David Shepardson and Ana Isabel Martinez / Reuters

Ford Motor Co on Tuesday announced it would invest $1.6 billion to build more small cars in Mexico, starting in 2018, triggering a fresh blast of criticism from Republican front-runner Donald Trump.

Following the announcement, Trump labeled the move “an absolute disgrace.”

“These ridiculous, job crushing transactions will not happen when I am president,” the real estate billionaire said in a statement released by his headquarters.

Ford stood by comments on the issue made two weeks ago by its chief executive, Mark Fields, who said the company would not back down on its production strategy.

“We are a global, multinational company and we will invest to keep us competitive and we will do what makes sense for the business,” Fields said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ford-mexico-investment-idUSKCN0X21VA

How Mexico tried to undercut international probe

The Guardian – With little fanfare, Mexican officials have quietly tried to undercut an international investigation into one of the country’s worst human rights tragedies: the attack on 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training school, who were kidnapped and presumably killed by police and whose bodies have never been found.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/06/mexico-human-rights-ayotzinapa-missing-students-iachr