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Data Collection Reform Needs Meaningful Consultations

In a positive move, Mexico’s National Institute of Geography and Statistics (INEGI) is looking at how to develop a new policy that would include disabilities in government data collection.  Without proper data, it is difficult for the government…
The National Institute of Statistics, Geography and Information building in Aguascalientes City, Mexico on July 19, 2018.
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Submission to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Human Rights Watch welcomes the opportunity to provide input to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for his thematic report to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the rights of persons with…
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Deaf Activist Warns “Our Wounds Will Never Heal”

When Caroline Atim, founder and director of the South Sudan Women with Disabilities Network, spoke to the UN Security Council this week, I watched her hands intently and listened to her sign language interpreter, as she described the devastating…
Caroline Atim, wearing a blue dress, addresses the United Nations Security Council during a virtual meeting, April 14, 2021. She is seated in front of a black background.
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Submission to the UN Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons

This submission is based on Human Rights Watch research on human rights issues impacting older women,[1] including domestic violence, abuse, and neglect in residential institutions for older people, abuses during armed conflict, and health disparities…
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Government Should Enable Access to Services, Shelter from Violence

This week, Mexico’s Senate approved a reform to the country’s General Law for Women's Access to a Life free from Violence by including disability as one of the elements prosecutors and courts must evaluate when deciding to grant protection to women…
Women with disabilities demonstrate against violence in Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2020. 
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Senate Should Ensure Accessible Services, Access to Justice in Upcoming Vote

(Mexico City) – Mexico’s senate should ensure protection for women with disabilities who are victims of violence, a coalition of human rights groups said today. The senate is expected to vote soon on amendments to the General Law on Women’s Access to…
Women with disabilities demonstrating on March 8, 2020 against violence against women.
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Accessible Protection Is Essential to Address Pervasive Violence

In a welcome move, this week Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies amended the General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free of Violence to strengthen the 44 justice centers that provide services for women survivors of violence. But legislators failed to include…
Guadalupe Huerta Mora in 2016
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Meaningful Consultations with People with Disabilities Needed For Future Law

Activists and disability groups recently scored a key victory in Mexico: A regressive draft mental health bill was put on hold before reaching the Senate for a vote. The bill was based on a coercive approach to treatment of people with psychosocial…
Reyna (izquierda) y César, ambos con discapacidad física, dijeron haber sobrevivido violencia por parte de sus familiares. Viven juntos en Monterrey, Nuevo León.
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Members of the Salud Mental con Derechos make recommendations for a truly participatory and inclusive Open Parliament process

Senators: The people and organizations who are members of the Salud Mental con Derechos coalition have the pleasure of writing you to express some concerns regarding the process for beginning the Open Parliament which will soon be convened to discuss…
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Coalition urges the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the consultation process.

“I want to help change the mental health system because it is abusive against us, people with psychosocial disabilities,” Felipe Orozco told me last week. Felipe is a disability rights advocate and active member of a coalition urging Mexico’s Senate…
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Ensure Protection, Access to Justice, Independent Living

(Mexico City) – The Mexican government is failing to protect people with disabilities in Mexico from severe abuse and neglect by their families, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government should protect people with disabilities…
Reyna (left) and Cesar, who have physical disabilities, each said they survived violence by their family members. They live together in Monterrey, Nuevo León state.
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Summary When I go to school on the bus, I ask to use a diaper because I cannot hold the urge to urinate. My mother says that if I wet my clothes, she will punish me and not allow me to go to school, the only place I go besides home. I really don’t…
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Authorities’ Comments on Victim’s Mother Are Stigmatizing

On February 11, 7-year-old Fátima Cecilia went missing after school in Mexico City. Five days later, on February 15, authorities found her body which bore signs of torture. Fatima had been kidnapped, raped, and murdered. Yet…
Relatives post a photo of Fatima, a 7-year-old girl who was abducted from the entrance of the Enrique C. Rebsamen primary school and later murdered, at her home in Mexico City, February 17, 2020.
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Identify Asylum Seekers Facing Obstacles; Ensure Needed Services

(Ciudad Juárez) – Asylum seekers with disabilities waiting in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico for their United States asylum applications to be processed face obstacles to getting basic services, Human Rights Watch said today. Mexico’s government…
Asylum seekers rest at a migrant shelter run by the federal government in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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(Mexico City) — A few weeks ago, a group of disability rights organizations and experts made a request to the Mexican government asking it to guarantee the implementation of disability rights. Doing this requires a state body that can monitor, coordinate…
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People at Heightened Risk Face Great Threat of Violence

“Soldiers…sometimes killed those who were left behind. Even if you were sick or old.” When the chief of Pisak, a town in South Sudan’s Yei River state said this to me, he was concerned for the safety of five members of his community who…
John Biel Dup, a former civil servant from Nassir, reads a book in the Juba Protection of Civilians 3.
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Court Decision a Move Forward for Rights of People with Disabilities

After being denied the right to make decisions for himself his entire life, “Ernesto”, at 50 years old, is finally free to make his own choices. On March 13, Mexico’s Supreme Court First Chamber issued a groundbreaking ruling…
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