Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Rights and Wrongs

Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights issued a pretty harsh report [pdf] this week on the plight of migrants in this country (which we like to think means us, but generally means Central Americans hoping to pursue a career in the American dishwashing industry). The Commission complied a list of 71 places where migrants are considered at "high risk" for being kidnapped or otherwise victimized, including three in Querétaro (Pedro Escobedo, El Marqués, and San Juan del Rio).

It didn't take long for a local official to blast the report as an "exaggeration." "It seems a bit excessive to me," said Adolfo Ortega. " We don't have reports of criminal acts in these areas....we've always acted decisively to ensure that (migrants') rights are protected."

Right on, Sr. Ortega! We're not gonna let a bunch of do-gooder bureaucrats badmouth Querétaro's human rights record! Unfortunately, Adolfo Ortega is the president of the Querétaro's branch of the Commission on Human Rights, and thus not intuitively the person we nominate as the state's go-to denier of human rights violations. Still, it's nice to know that if we ever decided to violate the human rights of our fellow migrants, the Human Rights Commission will have our back.

3 comments: said...

What? Matamoros didn't make the list? That's it. I'm moving to Matamoros.

Joy said...

Well, according to the news graphic, at least they have chocolate donuts waiting for them at the end of the journey. Or are those inner tubes? Either way, something to look forward to.

Burro Hall said...

I think they're landmines.