To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, if he will make representations to the Mexican Government on behalf of the protestant families in La Mesa Limantitla who have been pressured by local authorities to renounce their faith and who are now being threatened with expulsion from the community as a result of their religious beliefs.
23 November 2020
We are aware of the reports of protestant families in La Mesa Limantitla being threatened with expulsion from the community as a result of their religious beliefs. We raised this with the Mexican authorities on 13 November. The UK Government continues to engage regularly with the Mexican authorities at ministerial, official, and state level to discuss human rights, including freedom of religion or belief, and to support a broad human rights agenda in Mexico.
The Mexican Constitution guarantees freedom of religion or belief for all its citizens. States as well as federal officials have responsibility for ensuring non-discrimination, and we welcome the 2019 launch of the National Strategy for the Promotion of Respect and Tolerance of Religious Diversity. The overall assessment by the Mexican Government, the local UN Human Rights office, and local civil society organisations is that while there are some cases of individuals being targeted because of their religion or beliefs, people are more often targeted for their work and activities in defence of human rights, or because of religious intolerance between faith groups in Mexico.