Coinciding with the Fifty-Second Anniversary of Tibetan Democracy Day, which was celebrated by the Tibetans all around the globe on 2 September, the members of Tibet Support Groups in Mexico (Pensando en Tibet) submitted a petition signed by hundreds of people in five cities in Mexico to the Mexico Office of the Commissioner of Human Rights of the United Nations.
The petition urged the Commissioner to take up the issue of the human rights situation in Tibet in the 21st regular session of the Human Rights Council which is scheduled to be held in Geneva from 10 to 28 September 2012.
The copy of the petition was also delivered to Mexico’s Ministry of External Relations.
In a separate letter addressed to Minister of Foreign Relations Patricia Espinosa, Deputy Foreign Minister Maria de Lourdes Aranda, and Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Ambassador Juan Manuel Gomez Robledo, Pensando en Tibet urged the Mexican Government to make a statement on the human rights situation in Tibet.
The signatures for the petition were collected from people in Morelia, Guadalajara, Puebla, Cuernavaca and Mexico City.
The UN Commissioner for Human Rights’ Office in Mexico was established in 2002 as part of a technical cooperation agreement with the Government. Since the office was established, the Government has shown greater political will towards implementing the observations and recommendations of international human rights mechanisms within both the universal and the regional systems.