Mexico is a catastrophe in human rights, says Human Rights Watch (HRW)

The agency assured that the world lives "dark times", although the "resistance" is "gathering strength" in the institutions and in the street, especially in Latin America

Missing students, Mexico. Photo: Courtesy of El Sol de Mexico
Missing students, Mexico. Photo: Courtesy of El Sol de Mexico

Human Rights Watch (HRW) criticized in its annual report the situation of human rights in Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Nicaragua, and assured that the world lives "dark times", although the "resistance" is "gathering strength" in institutions and on the street, especially in Latin America.

Mexico is a "catastrophe in human rights," describes the NGO report, which points to the "extreme violence of organized crime" and the "widespread abuses of the army, the police and the prosecution," which continue to practice "extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and tortures "with impunity.

The report, presented in Berlin, dedicates an important space to Venezuela - starting with the cover photo with opposition women holding candles in a vigil - and laments the "enormous human cost" of keeping an autocrat in power, with the consequent "hyperinflation" and economic devastation ", as well as the lack of food and medicines, which have caused" millions to flee the country ".

"The political, economic, humanitarian and human rights crisis in Venezuela combine to encourage Venezuelans to leave and make it impossible for them to return, some may obtain refugee status, others will not, but they would face serious difficulties if they returned to Venezuela and urgently need assistance. humanitarian assistance in the countries to which they have emigrated, "says the document.

The government of President Nicolás Maduro has been repressing the political opposition and civil activism for years, ending the separation of powers, violently suppressing protests, imprisoning opponents and trying civilians in military courts, adds HRW.

Brazil is another of the Latin American countries that most concerns Roth, who denounces the great risk posed by the arrival to the presidency of the country of Jair Bolsonaro, who has "defended torture and other abusive practices and has made overtly racist, homophobic and misogynists. "

Although the "Trump of Brazil", adds the executive director of HRW, Kenneth Roth, can also run into the "resistance" that the US president faces in his country, since the Latin American giant is a "strong democracy" with a justice and an "independent" means and a consolidated civil society.

Last year, he collected the NGO document, "violence reached a new record" in Brazil, with 64,000 homicides, "domestic violence" remained habitual and in most cases not prosecuted, and there were cases of "Serious xenophobic attacks" against Venezuelan migrants.