Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Senior Associate
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September 13, 2017
LAWG Joins Human Rights Organizations in Urging U.S. to Withhold Security Aid to Mexico
Washington D.C. —Today, the Latin America Working Group (LAWG) joins five other human rights organizations from Mexico and the United States in denouncing the lack of progress made by the Mexican government to meet the human rights conditions in the Merida Initiative and in calling on the United States to withhold security aid in a new memo.
“If the United States is serious about demonstrating that human rights matters in a bilateral relationship, it must make the decision to withhold security aid to Mexico. There has been no progress by the Mexican government. Instead of upholding its responsibility to protect human rights and those who defend them, it has been failing to investigate and prosecute those responsible, including authorities and security forces. U.S. aid should not go towards exacerbating this situation,” said Daniella Burgi-Palomino, Senior Associate for Mexico, Migration and the Border.
The groups signing the memorandum include Amnesty International; Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (Centro Prodh); Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan; Fundar, Centro de Análisis e Investigación; Latin America Working Group (LAWG); and the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).