Obama in Mexico: Little talk of human rights

protest -- stroke -- resistanceThe Christian Science Monitor, 5/3/2013

It didn’t appear to get much play in the meeting between presidents, but civil society organizations in Mexico and the United States say they hope human rights will be higher on the bilateral agenda than they have in recent years.

Making respect for human rights central to the US-Mexico security strategy is a critical issue for those who have suffered at the hands of soldiers, police, investigators, and other authorities here.

Abuses mounted over the past six years, as the Mexican government deployed the military to police communities wracked by drug-related violence. The US has recognized Mexico’s shortcomings on human rights, but some say it and the Mexican government haven’t done enough to encourage change.

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