On its 150th Anniversary, Canada is Complicit with Violence against Women and the Violation of Human Rights in Mexico
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On its 150th Anniversary, Canada is Complicit with Violence against Women and the Violations of Human Rights in Mexico
June 20, 2017 – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Manitoba is hosting a photographic exhibition to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary, and one of the featured photographs depicts a woman protesting violence against women in Mexico. This moment captured by photographer Marc Bergeron shows a living testimony of the intensification of violence in Mexico and the violation of human rights of all Mexicans, especially against the country’s most vulnerable populations, including women.
Mexico is a country of mass graves, murdered journalists, and forced displacement and disappearances. The case of the 43 missing students in Ayotzinapa is a concrete example of the impunity of those abuses despite the national and international outcry. The Mexican state does not show any interest in adequately investigating what happened in Ayotzinapa and punishing the perpetrators, nor does it show any commitment to ending the wave of violence in the country. Canada is also responsible by maintaining silence with regards to the violence against women and violations of human rights, while also ignoring the environmental harm, destruction and killing caused by Canadian mining companies in Mexico. Meanwhile Canada keeps Mexico on its Designated Countries of Origin (“Safe Countries”) list, justifying its ongoing rejection of Mexican refugee claimants, and continuing the detentions and deportations of Mexican asylum seekers fleeing intensifying violence.
According to the International Institute for Strategic Studies’ (IISS) annual Armed Conflict Survey, published on May 9th, 2017, Mexico is the most deadly conflict zone in the world after Syria, surpassing even Iraq and Afghanistan. The number of victims caused by the growing war between the drug cartels is surprising, having led to a reported 23,000 deaths in 2016 alone. The bloodshed is more surprising because “Mexico is a conflict marked by the absence of artillery, tanks, or combat aviation,” said the general manager of IISS, John Chipman, in London.
According to a decision by Judge Boswell, having Mexico on the Safe countries” list is unconstitutional. Moreover, Mexicans United for Regularization (MUR) considers Canada’s silence and immigration policies as being complicit with the widespread and murderous violence in Mexico. For this reason, we are asking for the following:
the immediate removal of Mexico from the “Safe Country” list
a comprehensive, inclusive and immediate Regularization program for all undocumented people in Canada
a public dialogue in Canada on the violence against women and the violations of human rights in Mexico
For more information:
Contact: Carmelo Monge Rosas +1(514) 823 7345