In a virtually unprecedented development, labor protest is widening in the maquiladora industry of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. While worker dissatisfaction or protest is nothing new in the foreign-owned border factories that produce goods for export to the United States, previous manifestations of discontent in the generally union-free industry have usually been confined to one company at a time.
Americas Program interview with Gonzalo Molina, Tixtla community police leader and current political prisoner.
The signatory organizations address The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide information, as a result of their research, documentation and accompaniment of cases, that show the widespread, and in some cases systematic, violations of human rights committed in Mexico.
Despite recurrent pronouncements of death by some U.S. and Mexican officials, high-profile organized crime groups continue operating and shedding blood south of the border. Tijuana, where control of both the local and export drug business is the prize of contention, figures once again as a significant flashpoint of violence.
The report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) charged with investigating the assassinations of six people and the forced disappearance of 43 students of the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa concludes that the version of events presented by the Mexican government is false.
The victims of this extraterritorial policy are Central American migrants who cross every day, seeking to save their lives and their families from the violence and hunger plaguing their countries.
Members of the US Congress have once again called on the Obama administration to stop funding Honduras’ security forces due to massive human rights violations. Will Kerry listen?
The Salvadoran state has closed off all possibility of any kind of negotiation with the gangs. The constitutional court’s August ruling, which stated that gang members will be considered as terrorists under Salvadoran law, will also affect the thousands of people who work with the gangs, all the way from family members to taxi drivers.
Now is a good time to examine a key question: Is Merida working? In light of the reality on the ground for many in Mexico (upwards of 130,000 have been killed in the country since December 2006, the year former President Felipé Calderón launched his drug war) the answer may seem obvious, and the question at best redundant, at worst perverse.
We are a group of social scientists with decades of research experience with the very populations targeted in Biden’s plan. We are painfully aware that Central America’s rural and urban poor need support. But Biden’s package is guaranteed to deepen—not alleviate—the problems faced by Central America’s poor majority.