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International News: Red Cross urges Mexico to rethink migrant detention centers

Posted: Thursday, April 13, 2023. 2:12 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Mexico’s Attorney General’s office has launched a criminal investigation into the Chief of the country’s immigration agency following the deadly fire at a migrant detention center on March 27 that killed 40 migrants.

Mexican President, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said the migrants were unable to escape the fire because the guards who had the keys to the cell door were not

According to Reuters, Olivier Dubois, head of Mexico and Central America for the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is now urging Mexico to rethink the migrant detention centers.

“Depriving migrants of their liberty for being migrants should be a last resort,” Dubois said.

The migrants had lit mattresses to protest the poor living conditions at the center.

Dubois added that the rights and dignity of migrants deprived of their freedom while in transit needed to be a “priority.”

In addition, the Red Cross is also concerned about addressing and preventing armed violence that is displacing more people in Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America.

 

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