Migrant Caravan demands UN-DH buses to continue on its way to the US

Migrant Caravan demands UN-DH buses to continue on its way to the US

Members of the caravan of Central American migrants demanded today before the Office in Mexico of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that they be provided with buses to arrive safely at the border with the United States.

A group of 5,000 migrants who are concentrated in a sports center in the east of Mexico City completed a 13-kilometer trip to reach the UN-DH facilities in the well-off Polanco neighborhood.

Led by the Honduran journalist Milton Benítez, they asked 150 buses to continue on the Mexican territory the road they started on October 13 in San Pedro Sula.

These vehicles "can prevent deaths," said Benítez, who pointed out that tragedies like the one that occurred in 2011 in San Fernando, in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas, should not be repeated when 72 migrants were allegedly murdered by the Los Zetas criminal group.

The journalist added that they want "human rights, for once, not to dry up tears, but to avoid them."

At the proposal of the UN-DH staff, a delegation from the group of migrants held a closed-door meeting with members of this organization, UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

On the part of the migrants, Benitez and a delegation composed of representatives of each of the Honduran departments and of Guatemala agreed.

In buses it is "safer, because it scares us, of so many things that have happened to our companions, men and women," said Karen, one of the migrants.

During the tour, on occasion they have offered buses, but only for women and children, said Karen.

"Men are also human beings and have the same right," claimed this Honduran, who left his country with his brother, a minor, and their children.

Another participant of the caravan, Jorge Alberto Alemán, acknowledged to Efe that they want to leave "already" of the capital, "because many people are getting desperate and are leaving for Honduras".

When they approach vehicles with the objective of moving, he argues, migrants are "afraid of being kidnapped", a situation that would be aggravated in the following stages of the road, "because from here upwards it is much more dangerous".

According to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), 19 complaints have been received for alleged violations of human rights, and the probable disappearance of migrants in the states of Veracruz and Puebla is also being investigated.

In this regard, the UN-DH said in a statement to have received information about "a group of migrants who would have boarded two apparently unidentified buses in the state of Puebla and whose whereabouts would be unknown."

These facts have already been reported to the Attorney General of Puebla, in the center of the country.

On the other hand, the Human Rights Commission of Mexico City presented a census in which they registered 4,814 people in the facilities of the sports center, despite the fact that the organization People Without Borders, which accompanies the migratory movement, had encrypted the presence in more than 5,000.

Among the people surveyed there are 1,726 minors (310 of them are between zero and five years old) and 24 pregnant women.

The Commission indicated that 85% of the migrants are of Honduran origin, while the rest are from Guatemala, El Salvador and other nationalities.

The head of the agency, Nashieli Ramirez, said that on the night of yesterday 36 adults and a minor who had requested his return to the country were deported.

On the other hand, the second caravan of Central American migrants, who entered the country ten days after the first, arrived at the municipality of Matías Romero, in the state of Oaxaca.


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