AMLO’s government failed to comply with the report on victims of forced displacement

Monday 22 April, 2024
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México CITY (apro).– The federal government failed to present a report that shows the reality experienced by thousands of people who are victims of forced displacement in México due to violence in their communities; Social organizations remind him of the importance that this issue deserves, the urgency of solutions and are surprised by the inconsistency in this administration.

The advancement and approval of the Law on Forced Internal Displacement in the Senate, as well as the allocation of the budget to face this reality in México, are one of the main demands supported by the groups that remain attentive to this situation that Mexicans are experiencing in their own country. country.

They also remind the Secretary of Security and Citizen Protection, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, that this information cannot be postponed because it is a phenomenon that increasingly covers more regions.

“One of the central ideas is that it is a problem on a national scale that must be a priority because it serves as an articulation, so to speak, of many previous violence and crimes, and also during the state of forced displacement that people are experiencing,” he says. a Process the Human Security Observatory of the Apatzingán region.

For this organization, which is also part of a national group on the subject and participates in the missions of the rapporteur of the United Nations High Commissioner in México, addressing this problem is an opportunity to advance in a series of matters or criminal topics that are associated.

This April 11, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was presented with the problem of internal forced displacement during the morning conference, based on the series of reports published by Proceso with Connectas, in which one of the figures from the Mexican Commission of Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) is that, “until October 2023, there were 386 thousand forcibly displaced people in México. This figure represents almost half of the population of a state like Colima.”

This non-governmental organization, which is part of the International Human Rights Network, also reports that “in 2023 alone, it recorded more than 40 incidents of displacement due to violence in at least 11 states: Chiapas, Chihuahua, Zacatecas, Guerrero, Michoacán, Tamaulipas, Oaxaca, San Luis Potosí, Sinaloa, Sonora and State of México. This represents an increase of 160% compared to 2022, when 25 events occurred.”

López Obrador’s commitment

The response of the federal president was the commitment to present a report: “If you like, on Tuesday we are going, like every 15 days, to have the security report and we are going to ask Rosa Icela to present a report on the displaced people. Tell us about it so that we have all the information”; He also promised that there would be information about Mexicans who have requested asylum in the United States for these reasons. None of this was presented this Tuesday.

There was no mention of this lack and there was only a response until the commitment made by the president was presented to them; Only then did the Secretary of Security explain: “As I offered it in the cabinet, I offer you an apology because we did not conclude the report, but I promise you shortly, as I also said in the cabinet, to do so. I checked it and it was too late, and it had some things, that was the thing. I apologize, please.” The head of the Federal Executive did not make any comment.

Given this fact, the Human Security Observatory of the Apatzingán region published on its next #April30Report”.

In an interview with Proceso they also stated: “We are surprised by the inconsistency of this administration as it is the first federal administration to recognize from its Undersecretary of Human Rights that it is a priority problem, subsequently the approval in the Chamber of Deputies including the majority bench of Morena of the law on forced internal displacement that unfortunately has remained frozen since September 2020 in the Senate.”

Although the legislature is an independent power and its decisions should not be attributable to the federal Executive, “we all know the influence it maintains on its benches and therefore we see this inconsistency also extended to legislative work.”

This is a situation that not only responds to electoral logic and discourse from power; It also reflects the lack of willingness to allocate the necessary resources to such a complex problem.

“The lack of these regulatory frameworks causes some public agencies that would have concurrence or co-responsibility in their attention to debate their areas of competence. Particularly there is the Migration Policy and Identity Registry unit of the Ministry of the Interior and, on the other hand, the Mexican Commission for Assistance to Refugees, two areas of the Government for which it is not clear to us how they work for the benefit of internally displaced people.” , assures the Observatory.

This organization, with participation in the Universal Periodic Review (EPU) report, notes that this statement is not necessarily a criticism of the government’s work, because they appreciate the efforts that these two areas of the Government have made; However, in the end “they have not achieved the objective of benefiting the people who continue to find themselves in this circumstance.”

The federal government showed that it does not have constantly updated information on this phenomenon, given that, for example, when other economic or even migration issues are addressed, they always have graphs with the data ready.

Activists remember that organizations with years of experience in this work have to monitor what they find in the field and outside of official information, with which they have been able to document that Michoacán is one of the states with the highest incidence of this phenomenon.

“Therefore, it is very important that we have clarity in the way in which the government is addressing its treatment, the information it handles, the methodology with which it obtains it and the decisions it makes based on it. At this moment it is a mystery even though there are already quite a few sources,” they say.

These sources are not exact, they indicate, but it happens precisely because the entire State apparatus is not available to recover and document the different displacement events.

“We are definitely very interested in knowing how they assess the current situation and the route to follow,” they say.

Without forgetting that the context of Coahuayana, Michoacán, was the trigger, given that it was a place where displaced people from other communities and other municipalities went, but due to the recent attack it is necessary to insist that “internally displaced people have greater vulnerabilities that in itself we have the citizens in general facing events of generalized violence, because they are not in their place of origin”, where, in addition, they did have the support networks that they do not have now.

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Source: Dalila Escobar from Proceso on 2024-04-18 15:44:39

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