Editorial: Useful fools? (in Spanish)

Nuevo Excelsior, 6/28/2010, Jorge Fernández Menéndez

In a politically incorrect and poorly posed declaration, the Mexican Secretary of the Interior Fernando Gómez Mont stated that human rights institutions must avoid being “useful fools” (“tontos útiles”) of criminal organizations in their fight against the Mexican State …

I’m not sure of Gómez Mont’s intentions, and although the declaration was badly planted out of context and may have been politically incorrect and disliked, his statement has an important aspect of truth. Of the national and state human rights commissions, there are all kinds: good, bad, and ugly. And among the independent human rights organizations, some hold undoubtable legitimacy while others are created by criminals as an instrument in their fight against the forces of security.

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