Congressman Lowenthal Calls On State Dept. To Prioritize Human Rights and Justice Reform In Bilateral Talks With Mexico

8/10/2016 Press Release U.S. Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47)

Mexican Flag XXLCongressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47) today, along with 68 of his House colleagues, sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urging the State Department to put strengthening the rule of law and defense of human rights at the top of the U.S. bilateral agenda with Mexico.

The letter expresses concern over the 27,000 unresolved cases of people who have disappeared in Mexico since 2007, and the slow pace of reform in the Mexican military, law enforcement, and justice sectors.

Also highlighted in the letter are the disturbing revelations in a recent Amnesty International report which found that the use of torture in criminal investigations by Mexican authorities is persistent.

“We encourage you to raise with Mexican authorities the importance of respecting human rights, completing competent investigations, and bringing to justice those who violate human rights,” Congressman Lowenthal wrote in the letter.

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