In Mexico and Central America, the majority of the population is exposed to violence and persecution on a daily basis and forced to cope with precarious living conditions. In Mexico, a growing number of people are “disappearing”. According to official sources, more than 33,000 people are currently missing, but there is a high number of unreported cases involving migrants in particular. Most are presumably abducted and murdered by criminals, police or soldiers. The 43 students taken by security forces in Iguala in the Mexican state of Guerrero and handed over to criminals to be “disappeared” are just one example, proving that often state institutions and organized criminals do more than just collaborate. In many cases, they have evolved into a single network. The country is ruled by corruption and impunity, with less than 2 percent of crimes being investigated.
Guatemala has the region’s largest indigenous population, the majority of whom are included in the 70 per cent of the country’s inhabitants defined by the UN as poor. They are particularly exposed to repression and social exclusion.
Amidst the region’s shift to the right, Cuba faces the challenge of implementing economic reforms without abandoning the achievements gained through socialism and practical humanism that have come to define the country.
Across Central America and Mexico, the neoliberal offensive of recent years has exacerbated social inequality, and is gradually undermining cultural and social achievements as well as eroding labour rights. Mega-projects and the predatory exploitation of natural resources threaten to destroy many people’s livelihoods. Another set of issues is raised by the many migrants either leaving or travelling through the region to reach Mexico, the United States and Canada. Thousands of them have disappeared on their journey north, most presumed killed. Others face discrimination and exploitation.
Yet despite this overall situation, creative and diverse forms of resistance are nevertheless being developed across the region. The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung helps civil society organisations that envision social and sustainable alternatives to expand their networks. It also acts as a hub, promoting democratic discourse among grassroots activists and left-wing actors.
Mexico City Regional Office
Director: Sandy El Berr
The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Mexico Office
Calzada General Pedro Anaya 65
Colonia San Diego Churubusco
México D.F. C.P 04120
+52 (55) 5544 5500 / 5544 3097
Contact persons at the RLS headquarters in Berlin:
Advisor: Torge Löding
Project manager: Jana Flörchinger