United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet. Photo: UN


United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Michelle Bachelet said Monday, June 21, that she was “alarmed by the violence in the most recent electoral process in Mexico” and urged the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) to investigate the murders of all politicians, supporters and candidates.

“Mexico held the most important elections in its history earlier this month amid numerous challenges,” Bachelet said during the inaugural session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I was particularly alarmed by the high level of political violence in the electoral context.”

Bachelet pointed out that at least 91 politicians and party members — including 36 electoral candidates — were assassinated during the electoral period that began in September 2020.

“It is essential to ensure accountability for these acts and guarantee their non-repetition,” she said.

Bachelet also called on Mexican authorities to not “undermine dissenting opinions or autonomous bodies, including electoral ones,” a direct reference to AMLO’s public disparagement of the National Electoral Institute (INE).

“In the future, I also encourage the authorities to refrain from using language that undermines those who express dissenting opinions, or that in any way calls into question the independence of autonomous bodies, including electoral institutions.”

Bachelet said that “the central role of all states during a pandemic and other health emergency is to achieve a robust health response while respecting human rights.”

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