Human Rights in Latin America

HumanRights in Latin America

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HumanRights in Latin America

Theobservation of human rights in Latin America still raises somequestions. This is following the recent mass killing of civilians bythe state security personnel yet the same go unpunished. The effortsput by the government are shoddy, irrelevant and incompetence isprevalent in dealing with cases regarding the human rights saga. Therecent killing of more than 42 civilians, according to the officialstatement, in the Michoacán state of Mexico prove that thegovernment is doing very little to rectify the matters.

Thethree-hour confrontation between the police and the civilians left awhopping 42 civilians dead while the police had a single causality.The shooting is said to have been prompted by the shooting heard inthe civilians. The human right activists are raising a question as tothe necessity of the use of that magnitude of the force. The humanright watch has demanded a thorough and conclusive investigation intothe matter to come up with a solution into the matter.

Similarcases involving extra-judicial killings and violation of human rightshave been experienced in other countries including Brazil andColombia. In Brazil, indigenous have been violated throughdiscrimination in initiating development projects. In Colombia,extra-judicial killing is prevalent while the people behind it areprotected by the state authorities. Witnesses are mistreated,threatened and in some extreme cases eliminated. The cases providedan incite into the region violation of human rights is prevalent.

Thegovernment official has been reportedly denied the claims that thepolice officer committed extra-judicial killings. The officersinclude Rubida Alejandro, the national security commissioner, andGalindo, the general police commissioner. The national human rightcommission, the office of the attorney general of the state ofMichoacán and the federal attorney general office are investigatingto unfold the happenings as they were. Witnesses into the mattersuggest that most of the injuries sustained were related to head andin the faces. That is a prove that the officers intentions were tokill. Family members of those who died are also said to have reportedsimilar claims, and the human rights group suspect more due to thesystematic infliction of injuries to the civilians (Hrw.org,2015).

Thecontinued denial of human rights in the Latin America is raising aneye of international human right and activists toward the region. Tlatlaya case investigation scandal is not expected to be repeated inthe Michoacán state killings. In that case, police were involved inextra-judicial killing by opening fire towards civilians in awarehouse resulting into killing of 22 civilians. To make the matterworse, the police beat, and tortured the remaining witnesses. Thiswas to make them collaborate with their statement. Sexual harassmentand comments were made toward them to make them recant statements infavor of the security officers. They were to make statements to theeffect that the military was not involved in the actions.

Thestate prosecutors, who in their capacity are expected to helpthreatened the witnesses, threatened the witness in their hand andforced them to put a sign in documents whose content was neverdisclosed to them. The Michoacán state witnesses also are facing asimilar fate and are not expecting the situation to change. The humanright activists are demanding an independent forensic audit of theevidence to help in increasing credibility of the investigations(HumanRights in Latin America, 2015).

References

https://www.hrw.org/news/2015/05/28/mexico-investigate-michoacan-killings

http://derechoslatinamerica.com/2015/06/28/iwgia-2015-yearbook-entry-on-brazil-brazils-violations-of-indigenous-peoples-rights-for-development-projects/