The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, met on Thursday with different sectors of civil society as part of his two-day visit to Mexico.
For an hour, by the mouth of human rights fighters and advocates, he heard about issues such as the 43 missing Ayotzinapa, the femicides or the murder of communicators, who have made Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in the world to exercise Journalism.
We have been able to speak quietly and deeply about important issues
explained Regina Tamés, one of the five people invited to the meeting. “Moreover, it seemed to us a very symbolic gesture to meet with us before we did it with the authorities.” It seems to us a great opportunity to talk about troubling issues in human rights, ‘ insists the director of Revolve, a civil association that collects, systematizes and disseminates information on reproductive rights.
The meeting, held in a hotel in the Mexican capital, had an “agile and unofficial” format, in which, first, Trudeau heard a brief intervention of each one of the activists and then asked several questions, which gave way to a dialogue that the present They qualified as “enriching and very useful”.
The activists reminded the Prime Minister of Canada of the null contact currently between the government of Peña Nieto and civil society. “We explain that the incommunication is due to the recent cases of espionage and the repression of the executive against civil associations as had not been seen before,” reproached Tamés.
At the meeting, the Canadian president came accompanied by prominent members of his team: two ministers-economy and foreign-the ambassador and two deputies.
Having partners like Canada, who are not only dealing with the commercial aspect, but also of human rights, gives us hope in Mexico to know that things can be done differently,
the women’s rights defender said at the exit.
In addition to Tamés, activists were present as Mario Patrón, director of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Centro Prodh) and Leopoldo Maldonado, of article 19.
Indeed, on the murder of journalists, activists criticized the government of Peña Nieto in front of the Prime Minister of Canada for not wanting to accept the crisis that is being lived. “There are currently laws and budgets, but there is no political will of the government,” Maldonado said.
To that end, Trudeau responded by making a light defense of freedom of expression and the importance of a press that can work securely. “Although he receives many reviews from the Canadian Press, he said that this helps him not to lose the floor and that it is essential for a country to have a press that really reports,” he answered.
It was a very good and constructive dialogue.
He did not come to give us recipes about what to do but what he can do to improve the links between government and civil society, said Tamés.
“He knows very well what happens in Mexico and what the problems are.” He is a man who knows the problems and asked thoughtful questions.
Hours before the meeting, dozens of human rights organizations spread a very critical letter with Peña Nieto in which they ask Trudeau for support in this field.
How are you likely to know, over the past 10 years, Mexico suffers alarming levels of violence and impunity …
begins the missive in which a long review of the social grievances experienced in recent years as disappearances, executions or Displacement, since the start of the fight between and against the narco that began Felipe Calderón and inherited and assumed his government.