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U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Mexico
As Delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative Kelly Billingsley
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January 24, 2024

U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Mexico

45th Session of the UPR Working Group

As Delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative Kelly Billingsley

Thank you, Mr. Vice President.

The United States welcomes the delegation from Mexico led by Ambassador Joel Antonio Hernández García, Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

We commend Mexico’s commitment to addressing missing persons but remain concerned by ongoing threats to journalistic freedom.

In the spirit of constructive engagement, we recommend that Mexico:

1. Further develop the National and regional centers for human identification, including increasing staffing and operational capabilities, to ensure effective identification and documentation of missing persons.

2. Protect LGBTQI+ persons by enforcing stricter penalties for bias-motivated crimes, passing anti-conversion therapy legislation, and establishing specialized support systems, especially for mental health and suicide prevention.

3. Strengthen journalist protections by improving emergency response, establishing secure channels to report threats and an independent state task force to investigate and prosecute crimes against journalists, supporting the National Protection Mechanism for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders and the Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression, and holding perpetrators accountable.

I thank you.

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