Oslo Freedom Forum: The situation of human rights under the magnifying glass


The organization Human Rights Foundation holds its forum for the first time in Latin America. Mexico is the headquarters and reason for concern about issues such as its position towards the crisis in Venezuela.

Mexico poor side
Mexico poor side

Issues such as the position of the Mexican government on the crisis in Venezuela and the way in which it plans to fight organized crime not only generate concern in the national territory but also among international organizations, organizations and experts.

This is explained by Javier El Hage, international legal director of the Human Rights Foundation (HRF), which on Tuesday is holding the new edition of its Oslo Freedom Forum, a space that seeks to bring together diverse voices to analyze and discuss problems such as abuses and the existence of dictatorships, and that for the first time will be carried out in Latin America.

Mexico City will be the headquarters of this meeting on Tuesday because, according to El Hage, there are reasons to monitor what happens in the country in terms of human rights.

"What we do commit ourselves as an organization is to look at the fine print of what happens in Mexico, and from the current government we are very concerned about this and its position with respect to Venezuela, which is a dictatorship," he said in an interview.

According to El Hage, this forum that is held annually since 2009 does not seek to be a space from which attacks are launched on governments and nations, but one to pay tribute to people who dedicate their lives to defend human rights and fight against injustice.

Latin America, says the expert, as a region has not made much progress in this matter, because although the vast majority of countries fall into the category of democracies where freedoms are respected, there are still pending and there are others that set off alarms.

"In Latin America, we only have Cuba and Venezuela as dictatorships, properly speaking, and Nicaragua and Bolivia as competitive authoritarianism; We are considering putting Honduras on that list, where there have been many violations of human rights," he says.

The current administration of Mexico, however, declares itself opposed to expressing itself and intervening on the situation of other nations, arguing that it follows a constitutional principle of determination of the peoples.

The Oslo Freedom Forum, which will be held at the National Museum of Anthropology, plans to serve as a space to discuss the issue on Tuesday.

The Hage says that the purpose is to spread the harmfulness of human rights violations, whether they are committed by governments of the left or right.

"Dictatorships do not have tolerance against any kind of dissent and that in practice leads to repression. So, it does not matter for the repressor if one is to the left or the right or if one is a businessman or a worker: the repressor will destroy everything that is contrary," he says.

It is expected that academics and regional leaders will participate, such as the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Luis Almagro, and the presidents Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica and Jorge Quiroga of Bolivia, among others.

As for Mexico and Central America, one of the topics to be discussed is expected to be anti-drug policy and the effects that the so-called "war against drug trafficking" has had on the region.

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