Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (26 September) prior to her departure for Costa Rica and Mexico:
The work of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica is indispensable for safeguarding human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean. I will discuss human rights challenges, including those relating to the humanitarian emergencies in the region’s crisis-hit countries, with the representative of the President and members of the Court.
The second part of my trip will take me to Mexico. The human rights situation there is tense. In particular, the high levels of violence and widespread impunity are cause for deep concern. We therefore welcome the endeavours of the Government under President López Obrador to improve the human rights situation. In Guadalajara, I will see first-hand the efforts to strengthen the rule of law which we are supporting together with German forensic medical experts.
A further focus of my trip will be a discussion with German companies on their implementation of the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights within the scope of their worldwide supply and value chains. Today, globally active companies have to shoulder greater responsibility than ever before for complying with human rights due diligence and, above all, creating decent working conditions.
In 2019, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in San José is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It is based on the Inter-American Human Rights Convention of 1978.
Rival drug cartels and an extremely low crime clear-up rate are creating great uncertainty in Mexico. Despite existing protective measures, journalists and human rights defenders are at particular risk.
Mexico is one of eight pilot countries around the world in which measures have been introduced to help companies implement the National Action Plan for Business and Human Rights.