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Shortly after Denmark began telling Syrian refugees that parts of Syria are "safe" and stripped them of their temporary protected status, I talked to a 31-year-old refugee who voluntarily returned to Syria from Jordan in December 2020. He told me…
A streetview of destroyed buildings in a city

Time may be running out for Washington and its allies to hold the region’s miscreant governments to account

Central American countries are falling like dominoes into authoritarianism. Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega has intensified his crackdown on political opponents, journalists and human rights defenders in advance of general elections on…
El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele speaks to his supporters in San Salvador, El Salvador, on February 20, 2020.
Since mid-September, United States and Mexican authorities have removed thousands of mostly Haitian migrants and asylum seekers from makeshift camps in Del Rio, Texas and Ciudad Acuña, across the border in the Mexican state of Coahuila. The US has…
Haitians deported from the United States leave Toussaint Louverture International Airport under a rain shower in Port au Prince, Haiti on September 19, 2021.
On July 12, Jordan's infamous State Security Court, which routinely runs roughshod over defendants' due process rights, convicted a former high-level official and a little-known royal family member of "sowing discord" and "inciting opposition to the…
Silhouettes are cast on a Jordanian national flag in Amman, Jordan, November 30, 2016. 
In the Ancient Roman Circus, when a gladiator fell, his fate was decided not by a judge and jury, but by the will of the emperor and the crowd. Now President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is doing something similar with Mexico’s justice system. This…
Commuters walk past an advertisement showing images of several former Mexican presidents, calling for citizens to participate in a referendum on whether ex-presidents should be tried for their alleged crimes during their time in office, in Mexico City, Saturday, July 31, 2021.
Since taking office in January, President Joe Biden has made clear that he intends to continue leaning heavily on Mexico to prevent migrants from traveling to the US southern border. Former president Donald Trump pushed this policy farther than…
Mexican National Guard members arrest a migrant who tried crossing the Río Bravo in Ciudad Juárez,
Mexico’s Congress passed a judicial reform bill on Friday known as the “Zaldívar Law.” The law, supported by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and legislators from his party, Morena, includes a last-minute amendment that would extend the term of…
Justice Arturo Zaldívar attends a Supreme Court hearing in Mexico City on March 21, 2012.
Almost three years ago, the world heard a group of children sobbing in anguish after US border agents forcibly separated them from their parents. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. vowed as a candidate to end abuses of migrant children and pledged to “…
Asylum seeker Yareni, age five, flips through the pages of a book in an encampment where she lives near the Gateway International Bridge in Matamoros, Mexico.
Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has been a source of disinformation about the virus. Despite Mexico having one of the highest recorded Covid-19 death tolls in the world, the president refuses to wear a…
A paramedic rests behind his ambulance, as ambulance staff wait hours for the Covid-19 patients they are transporting to be admitted, at Siglo XXI National Medical Center in Mexico City, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.

Recent Budget Cuts Threaten Protection Options

The risk that journalists and human rights defenders in Mexico face just increased exponentially. On October 21, Mexico’s Congress eliminated the independent funding that supported the program that protects journalists and human rights defenders…
A woman places a photo of slain journalist Julio Valdivia on his casket during a wake inside his home in Tezonapa, Mexico, on September 10, 2020.
In recent months, three constitutional challenges have been presented before the Mexican Supreme Court arguing that it should overturn the May 11th presidential decree that officially deployed the armed forces for civilian law enforcement until 2024.…
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, center, stands with Secretary of Defense Luis Crescencio Sandoval, left, and Secretary of the Navy, Vidal Francisco Soberon, in an open military vehicle during the Independence Day military parade in the capital's main plaza, the Zocalo, in Mexico City.

The López Obrador administration should act immediately to strengthen protection mechanisms

Less than a month ago, Mexican journalist Jorge Armenta was shot dead while walking out of a restaurant in his home state of Sonora. He was the nineteenth journalist killed since President Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office in December 2018.…
Crosses with the names of 14 journalists and human rights defenders who have been murdered since President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador took office are pictured in front of the National Palace in Mexico City on Friday, February 22, 2019.
Mexico’s prisons are a potential epicenter for rapid Covid-19 spread, both inside and outside of detention centers. The government is putting on a show of addressing the issue but isn’t taking meaningful steps to prevent an explosion of the virus…
 A woman wearing a protective mask leaves North Prison during a demonstration to protest the mistreatment of prisoners during the Covid-19 pandemic on May 13, 2020 in Mexico City, Mexico.
On February 9, Ingrid Escamilla became one of the latest victims of Mexico’s ongoing wave of gender-based violence. The 25-year-old woman was brutally murdered, allegedly by her boyfriend, in their Mexico City apartment. The next day, a tabloid…
Thousands march in protest against rising femicide rates and kidnappings of women in Mexico City, Mexico on February 2, 2019.