Headlines from Mexico

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1. A new law that sanctions the theft of hydrocarbons has finally been approved in the Mexican Senate. This is aimed to address a problem that has been growing since the year 2000 in which organized crime groups have illegally attained large amounts of gasoline from PEMEX.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior, El Sol de México, Informador

2. The Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina is making an official visit to Mexico. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs states that President Enrique Peña Nieto and President Otto Pérez Molina will be discussing issues related to sustainable development, trade facilitation, energy cooperation and border infrastructure.

Read More: El Universal, Informador

3. Volkswagen has announced it will invest $1 billion in Mexico. The investment will be used to expand its plant in Puebla.

Read More: El Universal, Informador

4. Mexico is auctioning U.S. dollars in an effort to stabilize the rapidly devaluing peso. The auctions will last until June 8th.

Read More: El Universal, Excelsior

5. Juan E. Mendez, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment stated that “torture is generalized in Mexico” meaning that detainees in federal centers said they had been beaten during their detention or had been forced to alter confessions.  A total of 57.2% claimed to have suffered this abuse.

Read More: El Universal

6. The percentage of women in Mexico’s Congress has increased within the last ten years. In the Congress it has increased from 24% to 37%; whereas, in the Senate the percentage of women has increased from 19% to 34%.

Read More: El Universal

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