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Amnesty International Presents Concerns About Mexico's Current State Of Human Rights

MEXICO CITY — The human rights nonprofit Amnesty International recently presented its 2020 report in which Mexico shows an alarming development. According to the report, impunity, austerity, indifference and the deployment of the armed forces are becoming increasing worrisome.  

The report warns that the current government has deployed a greater number of military personnel than the previous two administrations without enough regulating mechanisms.

Amnesty International says migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers face arbitrary detentions, abductions, assault and murder.

The report says Mexico’s austerity measures have brought significant budget cuts to protect minorities and women. Violence against women increased, but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has downplayed the problem.

The organization says the president has stigmatized human rights defenders and media workers, who are continuously threatened, harassed and attacked.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.