U.S. Congress expresses concern for Mexico’s Human Rights Crisis in a Letter to Secretary John Kerry

8/11/2016  Congress of the United States

August 9, 2016

The Honorable John Kerry

Secretary of State

2201 C Street, NW

Washington, DC 20520

Dear Mr. Secretary:

We write to express our concern about the ongoing human rights crisis in Mexico and the continuing lack of justice for thousands of victims. We urge you to put strenghtening the rule of law and defending human rights at the top of our bilateral agenda with Mexico. Given the significant U.S. support for Mexico’s security forces, we remained troubled by the 27,000 unresolved cases of people who have dissapeared in Mexico since 2007, and the slow pace of reform in the military, law enforcement, and justice sectors. Finally, as detailed in a recent Amnesty International report, Mexico’s persistent use of torture in criminal investigations is particularly disturbing. 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.

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