The Trump administration’s 2019 country report on human rights practices in Mexico, which was released to the public Wednesday, appears to highlight alleged abuses migrants and asylum seekers faced in Mexico in the year before the U.S. introduced its Migrant Protection Protocols.The 44th annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices focuses on actions foreign governments are taking, or not taking, regarding internationally recognized human rights and fundamental freedoms. However, its profile on Mexico makes several mentions of the violence and abuse migrants and asylum seekers have faced at the hands of criminal groups, as well as by, in some cases, police and government officials.In the profile, the State Department described how the press and non-governmental organizations had reported victimization of migrants “by criminal groups and in some cases by police, immigration officers and customs officials” in Mexico during the year 2018.In September the Migrant Organizations Network (Redodem), a group of NGOs that work to shelter migrants, reported that in 2018: “Federal, state, and municipal police, as well as military forces, committed at least 865 crimes against migrants.” “Redodem registered 542 robberies committed by authorities, 131 cases of abuse of authority, 83 extortions, 46 injuries, 26 acts of intimidation, eight illegal… Read full this story
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