This week the UN Committee for the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers regretted, after the tragedy in Ciudad Juárez, that the authorities of the Government of Manuel López Obrador did not comply with the recommendations made by the organization in which they questioned the conditions of several detention centers, among which is the one that caught fire and 40 people died.
Several experts from the United Nations (UN) specialized in the rights of migrants affirmed that the highest priority that the Mexican immigration authorities should have was to improve living conditions in those places. The UN Committee said that in 2017 and in 2022 it expressed concern about the pattern of detention of migrants and asked the authorities to detain them as a measure of last resort for short periods.
According to a survey carried out by the Mexican newspaper, El Financiero, at least 27% of Mexicans hold the Government of López Obrador responsible for the death of 40 immigrants in the fire, although 56% of the Mexicans surveyed approve of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s management of the catastrophe. But 21% of the 1,500 adult citizens surveyed affirmed that the blame for the fire that led to the tragedy was the fault of the immigrants themselves.
The government authorities maintain their version in which it was the immigrants held in the center who started the fire that caused the death of the 40 people.. 39% pointed to the responsibility of the agents of the National Institute of Migration for not opening the bars, as seen in the videos when the guards flee the scene with the victims in the cells.
Given this, the Archdiocese of Mexico published a press release in which it called on the Government of Mexico, municipal, state and federal authorities, “to stop seeing migrants as criminals.” “We call on the three orders of government (…) to join efforts to establish actions focused on the well-being of migrants,” says the statement from the Mexican Archdiocese.
When the tragedy occurred, Emilio Álvarez Icaza Longoria, a Mexican senator, affirmed that this event would have been caused by the lack of attention, negligence and simulation of the authorities. “Rights are violated, families are separated (…) migrants are mistreated (…) This is a State crime. What has to happen for the policy to change?” said the legislator during a session of the Mexican Parliament.
With information from EFE
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