Mexico human rights situation a ‘catastrophe’, says HRW

17 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

MEXICO CITY: Mexico’s government has shown “total disinterest” in addressing a tidal wave murders and disappearances, and is systematically violating the rights of Central American migrants, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, reports AFP.

In a scathing report, the organization’s director for the Americas, Jose Miguel Vivanco, called the human rights situation in Mexico a “catastrophe” due to the brutally violent crime gripping the country and the authorities’ failure to act.

He extended the criticism to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, an anti-establishment leftist who took office in December 2018 vowing a change in direction for the country.

“What is truly incomprehensible is that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government claims to be committed to doing justice in these (murder and missing persons) cases, but doesn’t seem interested in answering a basic question: who are the people responsible for this nightmare?” he said.