Mexico

Mexico: attacks on environmental defenders on the rise

On 26th October 2022, environmental defender Filogonio Martínez Merino was found dead in the Piedra Blanca community, in the Santiago Jamiltepec municipality, Oaxaca. The defender, a member of the Consejo de Pueblos Unidos por la Defensa del Río Verde (Council of Peoples United for the Defence of the Río Verde - COPUDEVER), was one of the key local leaders in the resistance against the hydroelectric projects known as ‘Paso de la Reyna’ and ‘Río Verde’. Read more

Mexico: attacks on environmental defenders on the rise

Deadly year for journalists in Mexico

On 11th August 2022, four employees of Switch 105.9 FM, Alan González, Alejandro Arriaga, Armando Guerrero and Andrés Flores, were shot and killed amid a wave of violent crimes in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua. Read more

Deadly year for journalists in Mexico

Mexico: President vilifies civil society activists

In July 2022, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made recurring statements vilifying activists who have campaigned to halt the construction of a section of the Maya train project until environmental concerns are addressed. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: President vilifies civil society activists

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

On 29th June 2022, veteran journalist Antonio de la Cruz, a reporter for the newspaper Expreso, was shot dead near his house in Ciudad Victoria, capital of the state of Tamaulipas. De la Cruz had worked with Expreso for over two decades, covering environmental issues and agriculture. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: twelve journalists killed by the end of June 2022

Mexico: vicious attacks against women, journalists and HRDs continue

At the end of April 2022, thousands of people protested in multiple cities to demand justice for the murder of 18-year-old student Debanhi Escobar in Nuevo León, and for the killings and disappearances of other women and girls across the country. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: vicious attacks against women, journalists and HRDs continue

Mexico: governing party introduces bill restricting civil society work

A bill being considered in the Chamber of Deputies would restrict the work of civil society groups by prohibiting organisations from trying to influence or change laws through lobbying or strategic litigation if they receive funding from foreign sources. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Mexico: governing party introduces bill restricting civil society work

Outrage as five journalists killed in Mexico in early 2022

Five journalists were murdered in Mexico in the first two months of 2022, leading to protests for justice and calls for more government action to stop the violence against the press. Read more  |  Read in Spanish

Outrage as five journalists killed in Mexico in early 2022

Mexican government investigated and monitored journalist and human rights defenders

In November 2021, new court documents revealed that human rights defenders and a journalist who had prominent roles investigating a massacre in Mexico were criminally investigated by government authorities under a special organised crime statute. Read more

Mexican government investigated and monitored journalist and human rights defenders

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

On 27th October 2021, Indigenous forest defender Irma Galindo Barrios went missing, reportedly after attending a protest in Mexico City. According to IM-Defensoras, she was meant to attend a conference of the Mechanism to Protect Human Rights Defenders and Journalists in the capital, but never arrived. Read more

New tax rules impact civil society in Mexico

Mexico: Frustration with government takes people to the streets

On 29th August 2021 in Chiapas, members of a teachers’ union blocked President López Obrador’s vehicle on his way to deliver his daily televised news conference. Members of the Coordinadora Nacional de Trabajadores de la Educación (National Coordinator of Education Workers - CNTE) wanted to speak directly to the president about employment issues including remuneration, working conditions and recruitment. Read more

Mexico: Frustration with government takes people to the streets