Mexico’s Response to Protests Should Respect Basic Rights | Freedom House

Mexico’s Response to Protests Should Respect Basic Rights

Washington 

In response to human rights violations by Mexican security forces during demonstrations throughout the country to demand justice for the forced disappearance of 43 student teachers, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“Freedom House is concerned by the use of disproportionate force by Mexican security forces during peaceful protests and the arbitrary detention and imprisonment of dozens of protesters,” said Lisa Davis, senior adviser for international legal affairs. “The Mexican state should prioritize human rights and the rule of law in its response to citizens’ exercise of their fundamental rights to free expression and assembly. This includes ensuring that a proposed constitutional reform, passed by the Chamber of Deputies, does not lead to greater restrictions on peaceful assembly under the guise of ensuring ‘universal mobility.'"

Mexico is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2014, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2014.

Photo Credit: See Li, London Picture Capital (Flickr/Creative Commons)

 

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