The Nobel Women’s Initiative calls on the Mexican government and President Peña Nieto to immediately end all cyber and other surveillance of activists, journalists, and lawyers. We strongly urge the Mexican government to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into the violation of these activists’ rights. It is important that this investigation be conducted outside of the ministries that own the surveillance software.
Among those targeted for surveillance are activists from Centro Prodh, a long-time ally of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. We have worked together to seek justice for the survivors in Atenco (2006), as well as the families of the missing students of Ayotzinapa (2014). Centro Prodh does critically important work to defend and promote respect for human rights in Mexico, and is widely respected by human rights organizations across the globe. Mexico’s surveillance of such activists and human rights defenders represents not only a failure to uphold the rule of law, but also an effort to obstruct true justice and respect for human rights.
The Nobel Women’s Initiative states our unambiguous support for activists, journalists, and lawyers in Mexico who are defending human rights and democracy. We will continue to work with Centro Prodh, and its allies, to defend targets of the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government. We call on the Mexican government to cease all forms of surveillance of journalists and activists, and to end the criminalization of activists and journalists investigating or addressing human rights abuses.