Mexico Rights Commission to Probe Abuses Against Farm Workers

March 27, 2015

Fox News Latino, 3/25/2015

Migrant California vineyardMexico’s National Human Rights Commission, or CNDH, announced an investigation into alleged abuses against farm workers by both employers and authorities in the Baja California peninsula.

Personnel traveled to the San Quintin farm in Baja California state to interview laborers who last week reported being mistreated by municipal, state and federal police officers during an ongoing strike to protest poor working conditions, the CNDH said.

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Mexico March Marks 6 Months Since 43 Students Disappeared

March 27, 2015

ABC News,3/26/2015

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

The Associated Press October 22, 2014

Parents of 43 missing students marked the six-month anniversary of their disappearance with a march of a few thousand supporters Thursday, urging fellow Mexicans not to abandon them but drawing far smaller numbers than rallies last year.

At the march’s conclusion, Maria Elena Guerrero, the mother of a missing student, stood atop a stage and said her pain had turned to fury against Mexico’s government in the months since her son disappeared.

“They have taken so much from us that they’ve even taken our fear,” she said. “We’re not afraid.”

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Headlines from Mexico

March 27, 2015

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The presidents of the PRI, PAN and PRD agreed to publish the information and qualifications of each of their candidates. This information will be published by the INE in an effort to allow citizens to make an informed vote.

Read More: El Universal

The Commissioner General of the Federal Police, Enrique Galindo announced that a plan has been established with the Electoral National Institute (INE) to ensure that elections are carried out in Guerrero and Oaxaca.

Read More: Milenio

The Committee on Commerce in Iztapalapa blocked the roadways to call attention to the growing insecurity in the area that has affected their businesses.

Read More: El Universal

The filming of the James Bond movie prevented the family members of the 49 students to reach the Zócalo. In discussions with the government, it was agreed upon that the Zocalo would be one of the sites where a planned march would take place.

Read More: El Universal

Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto and Barack Obama reaffirmed their commitment to address global climate change and continue developing new sources of renewable energy.

Read More: El Sol de México

One of the Beltran Leyva leaders known as “El Charly” was captured in San Pedro Garza Garcia, Monterrey by Mexican Marines.

Read More: Milenio


EVENT TOMORROW! Criminal Justice in an Emerging Democracy: Perspectives from Mexico’s Inmates

March 26, 2015

prison cell blockWHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, May 27, 9:00-10:30am

WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Woodrow Wilson Center

Click here to RSVP.

Mexico’s lower courts are undergoing a dramatic transformation, abandoning its behind-closed-doors, written criminal trials, and embracing a new criminal justice system (NCJS) with oral, adversary procedures. This reform template has been adopted by at least fourteen nations in Latin America. In order to measure the effects these reforms have on the criminal justice system, this event will present two studies that examine the system from an inmate’s perspective.

Roberto Hernández, the creator of the movies Presunto Culpable and El Tunel, will present a study that quantifies how authorities use their investigative powers to conduct eyewitness identification procedures; and interview or interrogate suspects. Elena Azaola will discuss a study conducted in 2014 in youth detention centers for adolescents who committed serious crimes. The study analyzes the background of these adolescents and the factors that contributed to their criminal actions.

Speakers

Roberto Hernández 
Mexican Lawyer and Filmmaker

Elena Azaola
Psychoanalyst and Anthropologist

Moderator

John Bailey
Professor, Georgetown University

Click here for more information, or to RSVP.


Mexico Easing U.S. Poultry Ban Shows Ebbing Threat of Flu

March 25, 2015

Bloomberg Business, 3/24/2015

mexico-usa-flag-montageMexico’s move to start allowing some imports of American chicken and turkey from states with commercial bird-flu cases signals that the disease’s threat to U.S. poultry exports is starting to subside.

Mexico will accept shipments of some poultry from the states if the products are destined for further domestic processing, according to an update Tuesday on the website for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. Other nations may follow suit, according to Farha Aslam, a New York-based analyst for Stephens Inc.

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Mexico Crude Output to Fall to 2.29 mn Barrels Per Day in 2015

March 25, 2015

Fox News Latino, 3/25/2015

energy - oil_rigMexican state-owned oil company Petroleos Mexicanos said it expects crude production in 2015 to come in at an average of 2.29 million barrels per day, down from 2.43 million bpd last year, the National Hydrocarbons Commission, or CNH, said.

Natural gas production also will fall this year to 6.36 billion cubic feet per day, compared to 6.53 billion cfd in 2014, the CNH said Tuesday, citing the Pemex Exploration and Production’s Quarterly Operational Program.

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Attacks on Press Rose Under Mexican President Peña Nieto: Report

March 25, 2015

Latin Dispatch, 3/25/2015

censorshipAttacks on Mexican journalists have risen since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in late 2012, according to a report released Tuesday by the press freedom organization Article 19. In 2013 and 2014, an average of 328 so-called “aggressions” targeted journalists, up from an average of 182 a year under Peña Nieto’s predecessor Felipe Calderón. Six journalists were murdered in 2014.

Nearly half of those threats, according to the report, came from government officials.

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