Recognizing that the current General Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, approved a decade ago, has been inefficient, the Segob Undersecretariat for Human Rights began talks to create a new law initiative in the matter.
The Undersecretary of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, led the first of seven regional dialogues whose objective is the exchange of ideas with journalists, activists and victims of violence to create new legislation.
Likewise, it maintained that this new law seeks to involve state and municipal governments, by defining the respective competencies and responsibilities of public servants at the three levels of government, with the aim of preventing them from disregarding the actions of the federal mechanism to protect journalists and activists, so that in those cases in which any authority incurs responsibility, the national system has the functions and powers to initiate criminal proceedings against those who violate, in addition to combating the impunity that exists in the cases.
“The vast majority of attacks and homicides against journalists and human rights defenders are not punished, more than 90% of impunity in this situation, has to be substantially modified,” he acknowledged.
The initiative proposes to carry out a set of reforms to face the structural problems that give rise to violence, since in addition to including the responsibilities of municipal and state authorities, the new legislation seeks to strengthen the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists; a National Prevention and Protection System; a National Protection Protocol binding all authorities in the country, and the National Registry of Aggressions to monitor threats.
For his part, Alberto Xicontencatl, president of the Consultative Council of the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, indicated that the law that is about to be drafted is a triumph of the demands of civil society, however, it does not He hesitated to question the reasons for replacing the existing rule, since it has not been fully implemented.