AMERICA/MEXICO - Red Clamor after the latest massacre: justice for thousands of migrants who have seen their human rights violated

Saturday, 30 January 2021 emigration   violence   laws   local churches  

Mexico City (Agenzia Fides) - "We express our pain and our indignation at the news of the January 23 massacre in Camargo, Tamaulipas, Mexico, allegedly committed by organized criminal gangs against 19 migrants. We demand that the circumstances of the massacre are clarified as soon as possible so that a crime of this kind, like others that have already happened, does not go unpunished", says the church network “Red Clamor”, which includes over 70 organizations of the Catholic Church in Latin America and of the Caribbean. The statement is signed by the Archbishop Bishop of Huehuetenango (Guatemala), Cardinal Alvaro Leonel Ramazzini Imeri, the Bishop of Yucatan (Mexico), Gustavo Rodríguez Vega, President of “Red Clamor” and the Bishop of Choluteca (Honduras), Guido Charbonneau PME , Head of “Red Clamor” for Central America and Mexico.
The “Red Clamor” network is supported by the Council of Latin American Bishops' Conferences (CELAM) and brings together bishops, priests, religious and lay people who try to welcome and protect migrants, refugees and victims of human trafficking across Latin America and the Caribbean.
In the letter sent to the Presidents of Mexico and Guatemala, which is also addressed to the foreign ministers of the two countries, “Red Clamor” expresses its concern about the situation of all migrants crossing Mexican territory, "especially given the fact that the Migration policy and the current government have not yet prevented migrants and refugees in Mexico from falling victim to organized crime if they try to leave their country of origin and protect their lives and that of their families on grounds of poverty and persecution".
Red Clamor notes that during their journey migrants "need greater protection from the states of the countries they are travelling through", and appeals to the "humanitarian sensitivity" that the Guatemalan and Mexican governments have shown to possess in other circumstances on the needs of migrants and refugees. "The episode that happened in Camargo must not be included in the statistics of impunity and oblivion", they reiterate, recalling similar massacres in previous years and calling for protective measures and justice for thousands of migrants whose human rights have been violated. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 30/1/2021)