Posts Tagged ‘violence’

Mexico: Human rights groups say 2011 was the worst year of the ‘sexenio’

Friday, December 30th, 2011

‘Nothing to celebrate’

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for December 29, 2011. See original here. With considerable power vested in the executive branch, politics in Mexico is often described as cyclical, with six-year cycles, or sexenios, corresponding to the six-year terms for which presidents are elected.]

By Fernando Camacho Servín

As assassinations and disappearances of activists continued, the year that is about to end may have been the worst in this sexenio in terms of human rights, which positions the country “in a serious democratic deficit” and with an exponential increase in the number of victims of violence, warned members of organizations that defend individual rights, as they assessed 2011.

Gloria Ramírez, president of the Academia Mexicana de Derechos Humanos, declared, “This has been the worst year of the sexenio because the serious conditions that we have been through are getting worse. There are still assassinations, femicides and forced disappearances. It has been a brutal year and there is nothing to celebrate.” (more…)

From Mexico to the United States: The exodus of the wealthy

Monday, December 27th, 2010

[Translation of an article from La Jornada of Mexico City for December 26. See original here.]

By Sanjuana Martínez

San Antonio, Texas, December 26 – The phenomenon of de luxe migrants or the so-called golden migration to Texas cities is leaving in its wake abandoned houses, financial crises and an exodus of students from Mexico, particularly from the north of the country, and in turn benefits the United States economically.

“It is a selective migration of moneyed people from Mexico. If our neighboring country could choose, it would select this golden migration, which turns out fantastic. These are people who are creating businesses, enterprises; people who invest, consume, buy and rent houses,” says Séverine Durin, director of the Northeastern Program of the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS – Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology). (more…)

El Salvador: The congressmen and the Bible

Saturday, July 10th, 2010

[Translation of an article from ContraPunto of El Salvador for July 5 concerning passage on July 1 of a bill to require that Salvadoran school children be read passages from the Bible for at least seven minutes at the beginning of every school day. The measure, supported by the Alianza Republicana Nacionalista (Arena, the former ruling party) and other rightist parties and opposed by the leftist Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional , received the votes of 45 members of the 84-member unicameral legislature. President Mauricio Funes initially supported the bill but said later he would consult religious leaders before deciding whether to sign it into law or veto it. As of this posting, he has yet to decide.]

by Julián González Torres

San Salvador – More than a century ago, Julio Interiano, secretary of public education, development and welfare, wrote in his report on efforts concerning primary education, “A school is a model of society. And society is heterogeneous; there is no uniformity of beliefs. The state, then, which recognizes the rights of all and guarantees the fullfillment of them, cannot teach the practice of any specific sect, much less of a number of them, nor can it instill dogmatic beliefs outside the domain of reason”… (more…)

Turmoil ahead in Haiti

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

[Translations of two articles from Agence Haïtienne de Presse for May 21.]

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FIDH admits fear of violence in survivors’ camps

Four months after the earthquake that ravaged the country, the Fédération Internationale del Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH – International Human Rights Federation) fears a wave of violence may sweep through the survivors’ camps in Haiti “if poor living conditions are not changed.”

“The people’s capacity for adaptation during and after the earthquake could turn into desperation and eventually into violence if the survivors don’t see that measures are being taken soon to remove them from the degrading conditions, even if it’s only a matter of temporary solutions,” the FIDH wrote in a report made public this week on the situation in Haiti. (more…)