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Mexico: Mass deportations must stop 

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Lives and safety of thousands at risk

Since August, authorities in Mexico have been conducting mass detentions and deportations of migrants and refugee claimants without taking measures to ensure that these individuals are not being returned to locations where their lives or physical integrity might be at risk. Refugee claimants and migrants are being deported to countries such as Haiti, Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador.

Such deportations potentially endanger the lives of thousands. Excessive use of force against migrants and refugee claimants has also been reported. Children are also being held in migratory detention centers in the south of Mexico, against Mexican law and international standards.  

Mexican police and immigration authorities detain migrants from Haiti in Ciudad Acuna on September 20, 2021.  Photo PAUL RATJE/AFP via Getty Images.

In recent years, the number of people seeking refugee protection in Mexico has soared. Recent data released in 2021 by the Mexican Commission for Refugee Assistance (COMAR) show that people fleeing Honduras make up the greatest portion of those seeking refugee protection in Mexico this year, followed by people from Haiti, Cuba and El Salvador. Amnesty International has documented that attacks, threats, persecution, impunity, and high levels of poverty and inequality are the main factors leading to forced migration from Central American countries to Mexico. With respect to Haiti, protests and widespread violence have been ongoing since at least 2019. Amidst the chaos surrounding the killing of President Jovenel Moïse in early July 2021, violent crime, and the human rights crisis afflicting the country, journalists and human rights defenders have increasingly come under attack. 

Please call on authorities in Mexico to uphold the rights of migrants and refugee claimants!

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