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HIGHLIGHTS 2014

Second session of executive repatriation  policy steering group

Mexico and the United States held the second meeting of the Executive Repatriation Policy Steering Group in Mexico City to follow up on bilateral issues related to repatriation processes of Mexicans and guarantee their safe, orderly and respectful return. The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, and the President of the United States, Barack Obama, agreed to create the group during their meeting last February.

During the session, delegations from both countries instructed their respective agencies and offices to conduct repatriations at twelve different points where infrastructure and assistance programs are in place to receive Mexicans upon their return. Additionally, they agreed to carry out repatriations primarily during daylight hours. They also resolved to continue exploring best practices that allow for improvements in managing the belongings of repatriated Mexican nationals. Finally, both delegations shared information on the processes and actions they have implemented to attend to unaccompanied children and adolescents.

The Mexican delegation was led by the Undersecretary for Migration, Population and Migratory Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior, Mercedes del Carmen Guillén Vicente; the Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro; and the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora. The U.S. delegation included the Assistant Secretary of International Affairs, Alan Bersin; and the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Gil Kerlikowske, both from the Department of Homeland Security.

The results of this second high-level meeting represent a significant advance in priority issues for both countries and reaffirm the commitment of both governments to carry out repatriations in a coordinated manner that safeguards security and respects the human rights of Mexicans returning to Mexico.

 

During the second day of his work visit to California, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, met with Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday. In the meeting, they reviewed the bilateral agenda just ahead of the California governor's scheduled visit to Mexico on July 27th through July 30th.

Both officials highlighted the broad ties that unite Mexico and California, and discussed possible cooperation mechanisms that might help increase the benefits of those ties in both of their respective societies.  They underscored opportunities for collaboration on education, the environment, trade and investment, tourism, energy and border infrastructure.

Prior to his meeting with Governor Brown, Secretary Meade met with the “Cien Amigos” organization at the Consulate General of Mexico in Sacramento to recognize their efforts to make the important contributions of the Mexican community in the United States better known.

During his time in California, Secretary Meade also visited farm workers in San Joaquin County and reiterated the commitment of the Government of Mexico to Mexican communities abroad. He pointed out that the Mexican consular network, both in California and the entire U.S., engages in actions to promote respect for workers’ rights, regardless of their migratory status.

In a speech at the Chamber of Commerce, Meade emphasized the strong economic and commercial ties that bind Mexico and California and the new global role for Mexico under the administration of President Peña Nieto.

In a meeting with California state legislators, Secretary Meade recognized the work of local and state legislators in presenting initiatives on education, health, transportation and employment that have had a positive impact on the lives of immigrants in the state.

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During the first day of his visit to California, Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade Kuribreña held a series of meetings with local officials, academic circles, Mexican students and community representatives.

In his meeting with the mayor of San Francisco, Edwin M. Lee, Secretary Meade underscored the values and ties that unite California and México, and the role that the mayor is playing in the strategy to strengthen ties between Mexico and his state.

Meade pointed out the Mexican government’s interest in strengthening relations with the region through increased economic interaction and new cooperation mechanisms in education and innovation.

This Tuesday in the Ministry of Foreign Relations (SRE), the International Seminar to Share Experiences in Attending to Unaccompanied Minors was held. Participants included consular authorities from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico as well as the International Organization for Migration, UNICEF, The International Committee of the Red Cross and representatives from the United States.

During the event, the Secretary of Foreign Relations, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, underscored the importance that the Government of Mexico work to assist Mexicans abroad, particularly unaccompanied children and adolescent migrants, through Mexico’s extensive consular network throughout the world.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs, José Antonio Meade Kuribreña, will pay a work visit to the cities of San Francisco and Sacramento on July 22 and 23, in order to strengthen political, economic, cultural and community ties.


During the two days, Secretary Meade will meet with the governor of California, Jerry Brown, with state legislators, and local officials. He will also hold meetings with academics, university officials, and businessmen from the technology sector, as well as with Mexican students participating in bilateral programs to promote the development of human capital by way of international exchange and programs in research and innovation.


Additionally, the Secretary will meet with leaders of the Mexican community in San Francisco and Sacramento and with agricultural workers in California. These activities demonstrate the commitment of the Mexican Government to Mexican communities abroad and celebrate their contributions to the two societies to whom they belong.

 

The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE) and the National Council for Culture and the Arts (Conaculta) announced that the “MEX I AM: live it to believe it” Mexican Intercultural Festival will be held in San Francisco, California from July 31 through August 5.

The announcement was made by the Undersecretary for North American Affairs, Sergio Alcocer Martínez de Castro; the Consul of Mexico in San Francisco, Andrés Roemer; and the President of Conaculta, Rafael Tovar y de Teresa, who said that this Festival is part of a government policy to bring Mexican culture to different countries, recalling that during 2013, 500 cultural displays were held, showing the noblest side of the country.

The artistic and cultural show will include the participation of some of the most emblematic artists of Mexico in diverse genres and trends, as well as gatherings of Mexicans renowned at the global level in their fields.

The festival will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater and The Contemporary Jewish Museum, with both venues located in the cultural district of the center of San Francisco.

MEX I AM will bring an important representation of Mexican art and culture to the American community.

June 5, 2014

 

The Embassy of Mexico in the United States recognizes the announcement by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regarding the renewal of the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" (DACA) program.  More than 400 thousand Mexicans have benefitted from the program and it acknowledges the many contributions they make to the economy and society of the United States.

Mexican consulates in the U.S. will provide assistance to those renewing DACA as well as to those who are applying for the first time. It is important that the beneficiaries of this program request renewal within the allotted time period established by U.S. authorities.

The Embassy calls upon our community to keep themselves informed on this process through official channels of the U. S. Government and the consulates of Mexico in the United States in order to avoid fraud and abuse.  The Centro de Información sobre Actualidad Migratoria is available to offer updated information on this process and related consular activities. The phone number is 1-855-463-6395. Additionally, the content of the free of cost app “MiConsulmex” will be updated, as well as other information available through our consular network.

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Accompanied by Sandra Fuentes Berain, Consul General of Mexico in New York, and Rafael Moreno Valle, Governor of Puebla, Ambassador Medina Mora had breakfast with executives from the NYSE and business representatives. Later, he led the traditional bell-ringing ceremony and toured the trading floor with Duncan Neiderauer, Director of the NYSE, who presented the Ambassador with an award.

Ambassador Medina Mora later spoke at a lunch meeting before investors and CEOs from Mexico and abroad to whom he noted that Mexico is passing through many positive changes which will be deepened due to the diverse structural reforms to education, electoral politics, telecommunications, financial services, fiscal policy, and energy being implemented by the administration of President Enrique Peña Nieto. “If Mexico were a stock, it would certainly be time to buy and hold”, said the Ambassador.

Medina Mora spoke about the importance of the relationship between the public and private sectors in strengthening the economic competitiveness of North America, alluding to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): “while the goal of NAFTA was the establishment of a free trade area, something more significant has happened—North America has become a region of shared production”, the Ambassador remarked.

As part of Mexico Day, a diverse group of panels on growth and buying power of the Mexican economy were also held. Managers from ICA, Televisa, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico, Grupo Financiero Banorte, Grupo Senda Autotransporte, Terrafina, Gentera and Grupo Lala, among others, participated.

Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora Supports Mexican Athlete in Fighting Human Trafficking

Today, Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora welcomed Norma Bastidas to the Mexican Embassy to recognize and celebrate her completion of race across Mexico and the United States as part of the campaign and documentary “Be Relentless” to combat human trafficking. Ambassador Medina Mora was joined by U.S. Ambassador-At-Large to Combat Trafficking in Persons, Luis CdeBaca, Brad Riley, Producer of Be Relentless and his production team.

Norma Bastidas is a Mexican single mother, survivor and athlete, who yesterday set the world record for longest triathlon of more than 3,500 miles from Cancun, Mexico to Washington D.C. in a two month period. Her mission is to raise awareness and empower survivors of trafficking in persons and sexual violence around the world, as well as to prove that ordinary people are capable of taking extraordinary actions in the fight against today’s global challenges.

Bastidas was accompanied during the triathlon by a documentary film crew from the non-profit organization iEmpathize. Their documentary, Be Relentless, is a binational and bilingual film featuring Norma’s route, her story, as well as other stories of human trafficking victims and their advocates in both the United States and Mexico. The documentary will be released in late 2014 or early 2015.

Ambassador Medina Mora acknowledged Ms. Bastidas and her determination and inspiration in tackling a world-wide issue that affects all countries, particularly women and girls. “She made it. Her inner will, courage and persistence helped her overcome all obstacles, in order to give voice to millions of women like her. She is inspiring them as well as all of us who watch her feat, to break the silence and walk the talk –or run the talk- on an issue that involves us all and has no borders”, expressed Ambassador Medina Mora.

GOM witness testimony

Today, the Government of Mexico submitted testimony in support of the Mexican sugar industry before the U.S. International Trade Commission at its preliminary hearing concerning imports of sugar from Mexico in response to the antidumping and countervailing duties investigations.

Mexico indicated that the U.S. sugar industry has not been injured due to Mexican imports and reaffirmed that the antidumping and countervailing duties investigations could disrupt the delicate balance in trade of sweeteners between Mexico and the U.S.

Mexico also indicated that long-standing bilateral cooperation through mechanisms such as the U.S.–Mexico Consultative Committee on Agriculture, has enabled both countries to address their concerns in a collaborative and transparent environment. Mexico pointed out that it re-directed 1.1 million metric tons of sugar away from the U.S. to avoid disrupting the North American markets. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, recently acknowledged Mexico´s cooperation in this regard.

Mexico also highlighted that the government of Mexico recently established a sugar-ethanol program as part of an effort to develop a sustainable biofuels market, for which Mexico will be consuming domestic sugar cane.

Finally, Mexico’s testimony pointed out that the North American Free Trade Agreement created a highly integrated market for sweeteners and reaffirmed that it is a system that has worked and that can continue to work, for the benefit of producers, users and consumers of sweeteners in both countries.

Participants from the Mexican industry included representatives of the Camara Nacional de las Industrias Azucarera y Alcoholera (National Chamber of Sugar and Alcohol Industries) and Fondo de Empresas Expropiadas del Sector Azucarero (Fund of Expropriated Companies in the Sugar Sector), who shared with the USITC the legal, economic and factual reasons why the petition for this investigation is unfounded and thus, should be dismissed.

 

 

Newsletter
“The Policy of Human Rights in Mexico”

THE SENATE APPROVES THE WITHDRAWAL OF RESERVATIONS
TO INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTRUMENTS
On 4 February 2014, the Senate of the Republic approved the withdrawal of a reservation to article IX of the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons, which states that the alleged perpetrators of the acts constituting forced disappearance of persons may only be tried by the competent ordinary jurisdictions in each state, excluding any special tribunal, in particular military1.

You can see the full newsletter on the following link: Newsletter32.pdf

The Secretariat of Foreign Relations of Mexico is profoundly concerned by the death of Mexican national Jesús Flores Cruz, caused by the use of a firearm by an agent of the United States Border Patrol on February 18th, 2014, near the border crossing in Otay Mesa, California. We also firmly reiterate that the use of lethal force in border control operations is unacceptable. The Government of Mexico expects the results of the investigations and that those responsible be held accountable.The Embassy of Mexico in the United States and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego immediately contacted the Border Patrol, both at the central and local offices, to request information on the incident, determine the identity of the deceased, and confirm his nationality. Additionally, through official channels, we asked U.S. authorities to undertake an exhaustive investigation into the facts. The Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego will continue to provide the necessary assistance to the family of the victim.The Government of Mexico reiterates the urgency of adopting the multiple recommendations on the use of lethal force by agents of the Border Patrol that have been issued by the Office of the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Police Executive Research Forum, with the goal of eliminating unnecessary deaths that unfortunately now number 21 since 2010. Multiple voices from the United States Congress to members of civil society on both sides of the border have now joined that call.Bilateral coordination and technical exchanges in this arena are the best way to prevent situations of excessive use of force by U.S. authorities. Only through cooperation between both governments will we be able to continue building our common border into a zone of prosperity and development.

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21st Century North America: Building the Most Competitive and Dynamic Region in the WorldWe, the Leaders of North America, met today in Toluca, Mexico, to recognize the strength of our relationship and open a new chapter in our partnership. We are determined to promote inclusive broad-based economic growth for the wellbeing of our citizens, so that 21st century North America sets new global standards for trade, education, sustainable growth, and innovation. Our region is among the most competitive and dynamic in the world. We have a shared vision for its future, and a strong political, legal, and institutional framework to build upon.Our countries are established democracies and share values and aspirations. Countless contacts among our societies bring us together. We generate close to 30 percent of global goods and services. Our trade is at least 265 percent larger than twenty years ago, when the North American Free Trade Agreement came into force, and is now worth more than one trillion dollars per year, while investment within the region has been multiplied by six. Our three economies benefit from each other’s stability and complementarities, and a shared commitment to creating good jobs and opportunities for all of our citizens. Private investment is increasingly directed towards North America, in recognition of the competitive advantage of our integrated production and supply chains, and our highly skilled workforce.Shared and inclusive prosperityOur engagement as a region with the rest of the world has a direct impact on the competitiveness of our economies and the prosperity of our societies. We will continue to work closely on matters related to international trade, so that our integrated supply chains are deepened and strengthened. We will jointly promote trade and investment in those sectors in which the integration of our production chains serves as a distinct global advantage, and work together to highlight those advantages.Our governments are committed to developing a North American Competitiveness work plan, focused on investment, innovation and increased private sector engagement. We seek to set new standards for global trade through the prompt conclusion of a high standard, ambitious, and comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, as we promote further trade liberalization in the Asia-Pacific region.We will develop a North American Transportation Plan, beginning with a regional freight plan and building on existing initiatives. We will also streamline procedures and harmonize customs data requirements for traders and visitors. We will facilitate the movement of people through the establishment in 2014 of a North American Trusted Traveler Program, starting with the mutual recognition of the NEXUS, Global Entry, SENTRI and Viajero Confiable programs.Our governments will leverage the existing bilateral border mechanisms to enhance the secure movement of goods across North America, and promote trilateral exchanges on logistics corridors and regional development. Our governments will designate observers to attend meetings of the border management executive committees already in place. This approach will also be followed within the existing bilateral processes on regulatory cooperation. We will continue to protect and enforce intellectual property rights.New areas of opportunityThe future success and competitiveness of our region depends on our ability to foster innovation, provide our citizens access to high quality educational opportunities and to technology, and promote a workforce with the skills necessary for success in the 21st century global economy. To help guide these efforts, our governments will engage stakeholders and academics to better assess and plan for the needs of North America’s future workforce. We will promote joint research in national laboratories and universities, building connections between North American businesses, particularly entrepreneurs, and technology accelerators. We will first focus on entrepreneurship and innovation exchanges, and actions to advance the economic empowerment of women. Authorities responsible for these efforts will meet in an informal working group to seek greater coordination and collaboration among them.Academic exchange and educational mobility have long contributed to the mutual understanding of our societies and of the promise of North America. We commit to increase the number of student exchanges from within the region in our respective higher education systems, in line with the United States’ 100,000 Strong in the Americas Initiative, Mexico’s Proyecta 100,000, and Canada’s International Education Strategy. We will explore opportunities for further cooperation in this area.Energy is a trilateral priority. Developing and securing affordable, clean and reliable energy supplies can drive economic growth and support sustainable development, as we shift towards a low carbon energy future. To build on recent progress in this area, our Energy Ministers will meet later in 2014 to discuss opportunities to promote common strategies on energy efficiency, infrastructure, innovation, renewable energy, unconventional energy sources, energy trade, and responsible resource development, including the development of relevant technical studies.Our countries will continue to work together to address climate change in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement within the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, while also collaborating through complementary mechanisms like the Major Economies Forum, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. In addition, we will intensify our efforts to promote an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase-down production and consumption of climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).We will continue to collaborate in the protection of our region’s biodiversity and to address other environmental challenges, such as wildlife trafficking and ecosystems at risk. Our governments will establish a working group to ensure the conservation of the Monarch butterfly, a species that symbolizes our association.Citizen security and global issuesWe reaffirm our commitment to the principles of shared responsibility, mutual trust, and respect, in support of our domestic priorities, as we face together the challenges posed by transnational organized crime and other threats to the security of our citizens. As increasingly integrated neighbors, we recognize the need to collaborate effectively to counter global threats, such as international terrorism, and to protect our shared critical infrastructure.The effective exchange of information and coordination among law-enforcement authorities will remain essential. We will continue to coordinate and pursue new areas of cooperation to counter drug trafficking, arms trafficking and other illicit trade, consistent with our laws and constitutions. To more effectively counter money laundering and illicit financial flows while ensuring the efficient interconnection of our systems, our authorities will enhance their dialogue on financial sector regulation and supervision. Our governments share a commitment to combating human trafficking in all its forms and will work toward improving services for the victims of this crime.To strengthen regional security, we will continue to cooperate with our partners in Central America and the Caribbean, and with other countries in the hemisphere to promote development, economic growth and citizen security. We will provide capacity building support, and seek closer collaboration on financial inclusion and social safety nets, among other areas. We will broaden the scope of our efforts by including actions on disaster risk prevention and insurance, wildfire management, and access to affordable and clean energy, and will promote sustainable social development.North America’s response to the H1N1 pandemic in 2009 remains an example of timely and effective cooperation. We will build upon the North American Plan for Animal and Pandemic Influenza (NAPAPI) to strengthen our preparedness and response to future public health events.

North America will continue to develop collective solutions to global challenges. Our three countries will increase our already robust cooperation across the United Nations and other multilateral bodies. We will engage in the definition of the post-2015 development agenda with an inclusive approach that addresses inequalities and seeks to ensure that global objectives are pursued according to national standards of accountability. We support the Open Government Partnership, and we are committed to transparency and open government across the world. We will also continue to promote democracy, human rights and the respect of international law throughout the world and in the Americas, consistent with the values enumerated in the Inter American Democratic Charter.Delivering on our agendaThe success of this vision will hinge on its follow up. Our governments will carry out periodic consultations on the implementation of our agreements, reporting to leaders on the progress of our efforts before each upcoming North American Leaders’ Summit. Our countries will also develop a new outreach mechanism in 2014, through which experts and stakeholders will be able to share their perspectives on our agenda and propose new lines of action.

The collaboration between our governments, civil societies, academics, entrepreneurs, and other actors, has a direct and positive impact in the lives and wellbeing of our peoples. The future of North America is even more brilliant than its past and together we can make it the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.President Obama and President Peña Nieto welcome Prime Minister Harper’s offer for Canada to host the next North American Leaders’ Summit in 2015.

Toluca, Mexico, February 19, 2014

 President Enrique Peña Nieto welcomes his counterparts from the United States, Barack Obama, and from Canada, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, in Toluca, Mexico, as they celebrate the North American Leaders Summit. The event will provide them with an opportunity to renew their commitment to the common goal of building North America into the most dynamic and competitive region in the world.The Summit is the highest level trilateral forum that regularly takes place between the nations. The heads of state decide upon an outline for the work of the three governments. They also agree upon concrete actions that should be taken and the strategy of the regional partnership in the global arena.  The results of the Summit come out of previous meetings and consultations between the governments and with relevant actors from the private sector, academia, and civil society with the goal of improving the well-being of the societies in all three countries.20 years after the entry into force of the North American Free Trade Agreement, the three governments work together with a vision toward the future for the mutual benefit of their societies. The region as a whole generates nearly 30% of world gross domestic product and has notable competitive advantages in logistics and communications, as well as human capital with its population of 450 million.The leaders will seek to capitalize on complementarities to boost shared, inclusive prosperity, and identify new areas of opportunity. They will review the current state of collaboration between them to guarantee citizen security. They will also discuss shared interests in hemispheric and global affairs.At the conclusion of the Summit in Toluca, the leaders will present a joint declaration.

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 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is deeply worried by the death of Mexican national Gabriel Sánchez Velázquez, which occurred after a Border Patrol agent shot him on January 16th, 2014, outside of Douglas, Arizona. We firmly reiterate our position that the disproportionate use of lethal force in migratory control operations in unacceptable. The Government of Mexico will closely follow the results of the investigation in this case. Personnel from the Mexican Consulate in Douglas, Arizona, arrived at the Border Patrol station in the early hours of January 17th to request information on the incident, determine the identity of the deceased, and confirm his nationality. Additionally, we officially requested an exhaustive investigation of the facts from the appropriate authorities in the United States. For its part, the Mexican Consulate in Tucson, Arizona, has followed the process of autopsy and identification of the deceased conducted by the Pima County Office of Forensic Medicine. The consulate also established contact with the family of the deceased to offer them assistance. The Government of Mexico is mindful of the different recommendations on the use of lethal force by agents of the Border Patrol that the Office of the Inspector General, the Police Executive Research Forum, and the Border Patrol itself have provided, and we reiterate the urgency of adopting those recommendations as soon as possible in order to eliminate these type of deaths which, unfortunately, now number 20 since 2010. We would like to underscore the importance of strengthening bilateral coordination and of continuing the technical exchanges begun on this topic to the degree that they help prevent occurrences of excessive use of force on the part of United States authorities. We also stress the importance of dialogue between both governments in favor of a shared strategic vision which establishes the border as a region of prosperity and development.

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The Mexican national Edgar Arias Tamayo was executed Wednesday, January 22, 2014 in Texas. The execution violates the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations and contravenes the judgment delivered by the International Court of Justice in the Avena case (2004). That decision ordered the United States to review and reconsider the conviction and the death sentence imposed on Mr. Edgar Tamayo, and on 50 other nationals, whose rights to consular notification and assistance were violated by the Texan authorities at the moment of detention.Since becoming aware of Mr. Tamayo’s case, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (SRE for its acronym in Spanish) has deployed a series of actions until exhausting all possible avenues available, both domestically and internationally, in order to obtain the review and reconsideration of the case by the Texan judicial authorities, in light of the lack of consular notification.The Government of Mexico calls for effective action to be taken to avoid the execution of other sentences in contempt of the Avena judgment which would damage the regime of consular assistance and protection as agreed between the countries.The SRE reiterates that the issue of fundamental importance in this case is the respect for the right of access to protection provided by our consulates to Mexicans abroad.The Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs has provided due consular assistance to the families of the national being executed. At the request of the Tamayo family, such assistance will continue throughout the process of transferring the remains of Edgar Tamayo to Mexico.

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The Government of Mexico reiterates its firm rejection of the planned execution of Mexican national Edgar Tamayo Arias, scheduled for January 22, 2014 in the State of Texas.In 2004, the International Court of Justice, in its ruling known as the Avena decision, found that the United States has an obligation to review and reconsider the sentences of 51 Mexicans—including Edgar Tamayo—who were sentenced to capital punishment without having been notified of their right to receive assistance and protection from Mexican consular officials as article 36 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations establishes.If the execution of Edgar Tamayo takes place without his case being reviewed and his sentence reconsidered as the International Court of Justice has ordered, it would constitute the third execution of a Mexican national included in the Avena decision, and a clear violation of the United States' international obligations under the Vienna Convention, the observance of which is fundamental in guaranteeing the rights of all individuals to due process, including U.S. citizens currently traveling  or residing abroad.Mexico recognizes the efforts of the United States government to ensure that the State of Texas adhere to the Avena decision, as well as its repeated recognition of its international obligation during recent years and the efforts undertaken jointly by several federal lawmakers seeking to promote legislation that would ensure that each state comply with this international obligation, legislation that unfortunately has yet to be passed.Up to this point, the Ministry of Foreign Relations, in coordination with Mr. Tamayo's attorneys, has made use of all political, legal, and administrative resources available in order to stop the execution of our countryman. The most recent legal actions we have taken include the presentation of a legal recourse based on the findings of the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, a body which, beginning on January 18th of 2012, began taking cautionary measures ordering the suspension of the execution. Additionally, a federal suit was filed this past January 14th in Austin, Texas, to petition the governor and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (BPP) to abstain from proceeding with the execution until an adequate and transparent process has been established.The political actions our government has taken include letters that Foreign Secretary José Antonio Meade, the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora, the President of the CNDH, Raúl Plasencia, the Governor of Morelos, Graco Ramírez, and other federal legislators have sent to the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles asking that the execution be suspended.In the international sphere, the International Court of Justice, the Inter-American Human Rights Court, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, the International Commission against the Death Penalty, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition, the ambassadors of the European Union, the United Kingdom, El Salvador, Honduras, and Uruguay in the United States, the American Bar Association, the American Friends and Service Committee, and the US Departments of State and Justice all sent missives appealing to Texas authorities to suspend the execution of Tamayo Arias. Moreover, this past 15th of January, the Ambassador of Mexico to the Organization of American States opened up a debate on the abolition of the death penalty in America, and denounced the lack of compliance by the United States to the ruling of the ICJ.The Ministry of Foreign Relations, through the Department of Protection for Mexicans Abroad and the Consulate General of Mexico in Houston, will continue to assist the family members of Edgar Tamayo Arias. Some of the support for the family includes assistance in obtaining travel documents to visit Mr. Tamayo in Texas, economic support for their visit including food, lodging, and travel expenses and someone to accompany them on their visits to see Edgar in prison. The Tamayo family also has support from the Government of Morelos.The Government of Mexico opposes the death penalty and is determined to use all necessary means to protect those Mexican nationals in danger of receiving such a sentence, which is why we created the Mexican Capital Legal Assistance Program (MCLAP) in the year 2000. To date, the program has helped avoid or reverse the imposition of capital punishment in 868 cases.

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From January 6th, to 10th, 2014, the XXV Annual Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico will be held at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This meeting summons the heads of the Mexican representations abroad and the high level officials of the Foreign Ministry; as well as representatives of other federal agencies, state governments and prominent national and international speakers.The agenda of this meeting is structured around the five guiding principles established by President Enrique Peña Nieto since the beginning of his administration:achieve a Mexico at peace; achieve an Inclusive Mexico; build a Mexico with quality education; promote a prosperous Mexico and consolidate a Mexico with global responsibility.During the morning sessions of January 6th, 7th, and 8th, the heads of the agencies responsible of achieving the five major national goals, framed in each of these guiding principles, as well as representatives of other ministries and decentralized Federal Government agencies will address Mexican diplomats on the progress achieved during the first year of this administration and future priority tasks.The program also includes keynote lectures by renowned specialists. The first will focus on development and migration, while the second will concentrate on the role of contemporary diplomacy facing global challenges. In addition, workshops will be given on key issues for the everyday tasks carried out by the Mexican diplomats, such as consular affairs, communication, economic and tourism promotion.On Thursday and Friday four panels dedicated to analyze priority aspects of Mexico 's international agenda will take place, including the projections of the G20, the new opportunities offered in the international arena on education and research, the challenges of the Development Agenda Post- 2015 and present and future evolution of the Pacific Alliance.The XXV Annual Meeting of Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico will conclude on January 10th, with a working Peña luncheon at the National Palace where President Enrique Nieto will share with the Ambassadors and Consuls of Mexico the guidelines of his government’s foreign policy for the coming year and the priority tasks for Mexico to become an actor with global responsibility.

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HIGHLIGHTS 2013

As a result of teamwork and our valuable plurality, the Senate and the House of Representatives passed the Energy Reform.

The Energy Reform along with other transformative reforms will be the basis for Mexico to achieve more rapid, sustained and sustainable economic growth over the next few years and decades.

As a result of this decision, Mexico will become a global energy reference: we will make better use of our vast energy resources that were previously technically and economically impossible to exploit.

This will boost our development. Hundreds of thousands of high-level jobs for Mexican engineers, technicians and specialists who will be internationally competitive will be created.

The Energy Reform will create more energy so that housewives, entrepreneurs and Mexicans with a small or medium business will have to pay less for electricity and gas.

Clean, renewable energy use will be promoted and multiplied, and most importantly:oil, oil reserves and oil revenues will remain the exclusive property of the nation.

PEMEX and CFE will continue acting as levers of national development; they will remain public companies with 100% Mexican ownership.

Energy Reform strengthens national sovereignty, increases the country’s energy security and will allow us to have enough energy for more businesses to set up in Mexico and create new jobs.

From now onwards, Mexico could become an energy power for the benefit of all Mexicans.

It is now up to the State Congresses to discuss the decision made by the Senate. Let’s keep working together and contributing from our sphere of responsibility to the success of our country. Congratulations to the Senators and Representatives for their energy and determination to move and transform Mexico.

 

 

The Embassy of Mexico in the United States, through the Mexican Cultural Institute, collaborated with the Library of Congress to promote the art and culture of Mexico. Mexican art and culture was featured in the presitigous US Library of Congress in Washington, DC on the 12th and 13th of December. The opening of the conference titled A Celebration of Mexico was headlined by the Librarian of Congress, James Billington, and the Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Eduardo Medina Mora.

Participants included renowned Mexican and Mexican-American writers, historians, academics, and artists as well as several of their American counterparts. The conference delved into different aspects of Mexican art and culture and their influence in the United States. The event began on Thursday, December 12th, with the participation of archaeologist Leonardo López Luján, Director of the Templo Mayor project, followed by writer Carmen Boullosa who spoke about the women of Mexico.

The photographer and ecologist Adalberto Ríos Szalay presented an essay on the heritage of Mexico, followed by a panel discussion on diversity featuring Guadalupe Curiel Defossé, Director of the National Library of Mexico, Antonio Saborit, Director of Mexico’s National Museum of Anthropology and History, by Marta Turok, anthropologist and expert in popular art, and Ben Vinson, academic and expert in Afro-Mexican culture at George Washington University.

One of the special activities at the conference was the presentation of the "Living Legend" award to Dr. Miguel León-Portilla, who traveled to Washington to receive the award which the US Library of Congress has presented since the year 2000 to exceptional individuals for their contributions to our cultural, scientific, and social heritage.

During the event, the film “The History of the Mexican Revolution” made its premiere. The film was compiled from work done by the Library of Congress over a period of thirty years.  Historian Enrique Krauze was also present to discuss revolutionary Mexico.

In the second phase of the event, two round table discussions were held. The first discussion on the arts and letters of contemporary Mexico included art critic and lecturer at Princeton University, Ruben Gallo, writers Álvaro Enrigue, Jorge Volpi and Carmen Boullosa, as well as film director Lillian Liberman. The second round table was titled “Where is Mexico? The Mexican-American Experience”. Participants included novelist Sandra Cisneros, journalist Francisco Goldman, and Carlos Tortolero, Director of the National Musuem of Mexican Art in Chicago. The event concluded on Friday the 13th with the participation of the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, winners of a 2012 Latin Grammy and comprised of violinists Saúl and Arón, cellist Alvaro Bitrán, and violist Javier Montiel.

EXHIBIT IN WASHINGTON DC EXPLORING THE STORY OF DIEGO RIVERA’S MURAL AT ROCKEFELLER CENTER IN NEW YORK

 

  • The Embassy of Mexico, throughits Cultural Institute, is hosting an exhibit that reconstructs thehistory Diego Rivera’s Man at the Crossroads mural with reproductions ofpreviously unpublished material.
  • The Mexican Cultural Institute,the Diego Rivera-Anahuacalli and Frida Kahlo Museums and Bank of AmericaMerrill Lynch, present the exhibition Man at the Crossroads: DiegoRivera's Mural at Rockefeller Center, opening the 21st of November.

The exposition centers around the mural Rivera painted in New York City, reconstructing its history with unedited material, including reproduced letters, telegrams, contracts, sketches, and documents, following Rivera's commission, subsequent tension and conflict, and finally, the mural's destruction.

Thanks to Bank of America’s Art Conservation Program, documents belonging to the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Archive were collected from museum archives and restored.  These archives had gone untouched for 50 years, and after three years of research and restoration, were finally placed on public view in 2007.  This is the first exhibition of its kind in the United States.

On May 9th, 1933, the architects of Rockefeller Center covered over Rivera’s recently finished mural, Man at the Crossroads.  While many have pointed to a drawing of Lenin as the principal source of this discord, archival research indicates a more profound conflict.  The Man at the Crossroads exhibit seeks to give visitors insight into the actors, contexts, conflicts and repercussions of this compelling and complex history.

Exploring Diego’s background as an artist and his work in the United States, alongside the socioeconomic context of Rockefeller Center and 1930s America, the exhibit develops a considerable foundation for a multimedia examination of the mural’s short, embattled existence. Man at the Crossroads offers visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a unique drama at the center of Mexican Art, American culture, international politics, and global history.

The displayed work and other unedited materials are collected in the book The Man at the Crossroads: Diego Rivera’s Mural at Rockefeller Center published in English and Spanish by TRILCE.

The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of Bank of America.  It will open on Thursday, November 21st, 2013, and close on March 15th, 2014 at the Mexican Cultural Institute.  Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 12-4pm.{slide=Embassy Of Mexico Honored At The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce’s Fifth Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner Series}Washington, DC, November 20, 2013 - The Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GWHCC) in partnership with Events DC presented their Fifth Annual Embassy Celebration Dinner Series on Tuesday, November 19th at the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square. This year, the Chamber honored the Embassy of Mexico and its ambassador, Eduardo Medina Mora, with the GWHCC Public Service Award in recognition of the embassy's work and support of the growth of the Washington, DC region's Hispanic businesses.“The well-being of Hispanics and their successful integration into this great country is very positive for all of us,” said Ambassador Medina Mora upon his acceptance of the award. He added, “The prime role the GWHCC plays in communicating and engaging with the community is paramount in order to strengthen the understanding of the now fastest growing demographic group in the United States.”"As an organization that supports the economic development of Hispanic-owned businesses in the Washington metropolitan area, we have a profound belief in the importance of strong and successful relationships between our local community and the countries of Latin America," stated Angela Franco, President and CEO of the GWHCC. "This year the Embassy of Mexico has worked hand-in-hand with the Chamber to strengthen those relationships."Attendees included representatives from Latin American countries, U.S. political and business leaders, and distinguished guests such as the Congressman Robert Garcia, Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, Congressman Joe Garcia, and Roberto Saladin, former Ambassador of the Dominican Republic and 2012 Public Service Award honoree. The District of Columbia was represented by Councilmembers Vincent Orange and Anita Bonds, as well as Beatriz Otero, Deputy Mayor of the DC Department of Health and Human Services.

 

During a work visit to the Tijuana-San Diego border region, the Undersecretary for North America, Sergio M. Alcocer, led the Binational Workshop on Infrastructure on the Mexico-US Border together with Kevin O’Reilly, US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Western Hemisphere.

The workshop took place in Tijuana in the Tijuana Cultural Center and participants included specialists in strategic planning for border infrastructure and relevant actors from civil society, academics, businessmen, and non-governmental organizations, all of whom shared their views on a diverse range of topics involving the border region. The recommendations generated by discussions at the workshop will be shared with the relevant governmental authorities from both countries.

This is the first of a series of binational workshops which will take place in different border cities in Mexico and the United States with the objective of increasing the visibility of the border as a catalyst for economic development in Mexico and the United States.

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The Minister of Foreign Relations, José Antonio Meade, met today with the Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, during the latter’s work visit to Mexico City. During the meeting, they discussed the importance of broadening ties in trade and investment. They also underscored the opportunity to identify joint projects between Mexico and the State of Maine, as well as the mutual benefits and strategic nature of bilateral economic relations.

Foreign Minister Meade referenced the cooperation mechanisms between Mexico and the United States announced during President Barack Obama’s visit to Mexico this past May. For his part, Governor LePage made known his interest in strengthening ties in education, trade, and tourism with Mexico.

The Undersecretary for North America, Sergio M. Alcocer Martínez de Castro, began a two-day work visit yesterday to the cities of Tijuana, Baja California, and San Diego, California.

Undersecretary Alcocer attended the inauguration of the third edition of the North American Competitiveness and Innovation Conference (NACIC). The event is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce. Other participants included Economic Minister Ildefonso Guajardo, U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, and the Canadian Minister of International Commerce, Edward Fast, among other participants from academia, and the public and private sectors of the three countries.

The primary objective of NACIC is to promote dialogue between partners of Mexico, the United States, and Canada, focusing discussions on competitiveness and innovation in North America.During his participation in a panel titled “The North American Border Region in the New Global Economy", Alcocer underscored the achievements of the North American Free Trade Agreement and the importance of reaffirming the commitment of the three countries to advance a trilateral agenda which makes the North American region the most competitive and dynamic region in the world.

Undersecretary Alcocer also toured the El Chaparral-San Ysidro port of entry. From the Mexican side, he observed the decent and humane treatment of Mexican nationals, particularly women and children, being repatriated to Mexico. In terms of border infrastructure, he was able to evaluate the progress of the project to widen and remodel the port of entry, which is the busiest one in the world with more than 30 million people crossing it each year. Subsequently, Undersecretary Alcocer visited the Tijuana-San Diego International Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Alcocer also met with State Senator Ben Hueso, whom he recognized for his support of Mexican communities.

In the afternoon, Undersecretary Alcocer held a meeting with a group of experts conducting a study on the economic ties in the San Diego-Tijuana region. Additionally, he met with officials from the California office of Transportation (CALTRANS) and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to discuss the plans and progress on the remodeling of the Otay Mesa East 2 port of entry.

To close out his workday agenda, the Undersecretary attended a dinner offered by the NACIC in which Bill Richardson, the ex-Governor of New Mexico, Senior Fellow for Latin America in the Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, and recipient of the Águila Azteca award, offered his vision for the future of North America.

 


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