MEXICO CITY — Various human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, staged a protest outside of the Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE) Wednesday, to demand that the Mexican government contribute more to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ (CIDH) budget.
According to SRE Undersecretary for Human Rights Miguel Ruíz Cabañas, Mexico contributed $370,000 to the CIDH. Perseo Quiroz Rendón, director of the Mexican section of Amnesty International, thinks that Mexico should contribute more and has met with Ruíz Cabañas to express that opinion.
“From our perspective, which we communicated to the undersecretary, Mexico is underpaying,” said Quiroz Rendón. “Mexico is one of the principal users of the CIDH and I think that we should support the CIDH more.”
The protesters said that Mexico is experiencing a human right crisis.
“There is no justification for not financing the CIDH,” said Jimena Amnion, a human rights defender. “The CIDH has less money than all the other regional human rights protection systems. There’s no justification for its budget to be cut in Mexico.”
They added that the CIDH’s financial problems were due to the criticisms of governments that it has made, and that it will be compelled to fire 40 percent of its staff and suspend visits to countries.