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Mexico faces considerable challenges in terms of human rights: Mexican envoy

UNI India-English 2018-11-08 12:33:00
United Nations, Nov 8 (UNI) Speaking at the 31st Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Mexican Diplomat Miguel Ruiz Cabanas insisted that his Government was committed to doing more to bolster Mexicans’ freedoms.

Mexico faces 'considerable challenges' in guaranteeing people’s human rights,Mr Ruiz Cabanas told UN Member States, before being urged to continue tackling corruption and impunity relating to a range of violations including enforced disappearances and torture, United Nations news reported.

“Mexico faces considerable challenges in terms of human rights, we have not come here to downplay them or to deny them,” he said.

Listing a series of violations that included torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, enforced disappearance of persons, threats and violence against human rights defenders, journalists, and women, the Mexican head of delegation spoke of the need for action from every branch of Government including executive, legislative and judiciary.

Of 102 Member States that responded to the Mexican Ambassador’s comments, five highlighted torture concerns, 16 spoke about dangers faced by human rights defenders and 15 underscored the threat to journalists.