Mexico

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the position of journalists and women's rights activists in Mexico such as Lydia Cacho.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

We are concerned about the high incidence of violence against women in and the risks faced by journalists in Mexico, of whom 67 have been killed since 2007. We are aware of the situation of Lydia Cacho, a journalist who focuses on violence against women. Ms Cacho has been subjected to death threats and physical assaults following her exposure of an alleged paedophile ring. Our embassy in Mexico City follows these issues very closely. It attended last week's launch of a report on violence against women journalists, at which Lydia Cacho spoke.

Promoting better human rights is central to our bilateral relationship with Mexico. We raise concerns about violence against women, attacks on journalists and threats to freedom of expression whenever possible with the Mexican authorities. The Mexican Government in 2012 introduced a new protection mechanism for human rights defenders and journalists, and we are encouraging them to make progress towards its implementation.

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