Week of 2/28/16
1.The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights this week declared in a report , evidence of which can be seen in thousands of violent deaths, disappearances, kidnappings, torture, threats and harassment, as well as impunity in the justice system. The report said the Mexican government’s response to widespread human rights violations has been insufficient, and that violence in the country has not decreased.
2. The Mexican lawyer who leads Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s legal defense team said his client wants to be extradited to the United States “as soon as possible” because conditions at the maximum-security prison where he’s being held in Mexico are unbearable and making him seriously ill.
3. PRI governor Javiar Duarte de Ochoa of Veracruz has been officially accused of embezzlement of 13 millions of pesos ($700,000 U.S. Dollars). There has been backlash against Duarte de Ochoa from the PAN and PRD parties as an example for more state oversight.
4. The Mexican government has detected 945 cases of H1N1 and 68 deaths this season, as opposed to only four cases and no deaths last season. Recent reports revealed that there have been shortages of flu medication in Mexico and that 35 percent of pharmacies across the country do not have Roche Holding AG’s Tamiflu, however, the government has taken measures to supply areas most affected.