A Christian-based human rights organization says there's a growing trend of religious persecution in Mexico.
According to International Christian Concern, one of the latest incidents happened December 15 as seven evangelical Christians in Chiapas were jailed after refusing to convert to Catholicism.
The organization says state and federal authorities in Mexico had been informed of threats to the evangelical community weeks in advance but have refused to intervene.
ICC advocacy director Isaac Six says that's surprising because the persecution is a well-known issue. He notes that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio raised the issue last summer during a hearing with a nominee for U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
"So it's gotten lot of attention and a lot of other members of Congress have reached out to the Mexican government," says Six. "But we're still not seeing action on the ground."
ICC has documented "dozens and dozens" of cases of threats, and that awareness, and the pressure to respond to it, needs to increase, he adds.