Human Rights: A dialogue between Mexico and the US

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

The Seventh Meeting of the Bilateral Human Rights Dialogue between Mexico and the United States in Washington D.C. took place some days ago.

During the meeting the United States recognized Mexico's progress on human rights, and highlighted the recognition about the actions undertaken by the country to guarantee them.

Among the topics covered are the law enforcement and police practices particularly aimed at minorities; the death penalty and consular notification; and also the cooperation and participation in multilateral forums and greater accountability from authorities toward citizens.

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Additionally, several pointers were also analyzed and discussed during the meeting, including actions and measures taken to prevent torture; the development of databases for the registration of missing people, as well as the human rights of migrants and especially of the most vulnerable groups.

Within the meeting each delegation held a brief account on issues concerning freedom of speech and actions taken to protect journalists and human rights defenders, and finally they considered aspects on cooperation in border countries to reduce violent incidents.

Both countries exchanged views in areas of multilateral cooperation, including matters relating to their cooperation in forums such as the Human Rights Council, the United Nations General Assembly and within the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Open Government Partnership (OGP).

This meeting took place thanks to the strong bilateral relationship and neighborly ties between Mexico and the US, and allowed both nations to participate in an honest and constructive exchange on issues that are priorities for both sides.

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