Report Finds Major Flaws in Proposals to Further Militarize Mexico’s Drug War

2/15/2017 InSight Crime 

drug warA Senate report on recent proposals that apparently aim to regulate the role of Mexico’s military in public security has concluded that the draft legislation would only grow the responsibility of the armed forces in the fight against organized crime.

The congressional study of different versions of the Internal Security Law that have been proposed by senators or deputies from three of the main political parties in Mexico also evaluates ten years of the country’s drug war that has resulted in at least 100,000 deaths, a myriad of human rights abuses and an overall increase in violence.

The authors point out an important fact: that after a decade of a militarized drug war there is still no adequate public data or evaluation of the military’s role in the campaign against organized crime. Neither, they claim, is there solid evidence available to explain why the Federal Police and the gendarmerie, a new militarized police force created by President Enrique Peña Nieto, are insufficient tools for fighting organized crime without support from the armed forces.

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