Mexico: Mental Health Bill Undermines Disability Rights

10/16/2017 Human Rights Watch

Mexico’s Congressional Mental Health and Drug Commission is considering a national mental health bill that would seriously jeopardize the rights of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today.

In a letter sent on October 16, 2017, to the Commission on Health and Drugs in the Chamber of Deputies, Human Rights Watch urged the commission to reject the bill in its current form. The commission should revise the bill to reflect a human rights-oriented framework, based on consultations with organizations representing people with disabilities and disability rights experts. The final bill should ensure the right to mental health for all in Mexico on an equal basis, and without resort to forced treatment.

“The bill before the commission unfortunately reflects a discredited approach to mental health, focusing on forced medical treatment instead of  on the consent, autonomy and rights of those in need of mental health services,” said Carlos Ríos Espinosa, senior researcher and advocate for disability rights at Human Rights Watch. “The bill is inconsistent with Mexico’s human rights obligations, in particular the right to consent to or refuse treatment, which is an integral aspect of the right to health.”

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Mexico’s earthquake aftermath threatens political tremors

10/16/2017 Financial Times

“You go — leave me,” Flor Carillo’s bedridden 78-year-old mother implored when the most devastating earthquake in three decades struck Mexico City last month.

Reluctantly, Ms Carillo did — only to watch her parents’ fifth-floor apartment crushed from above. One of hundreds of buildings in Mexico City now cordoned off, the wrecked block looks almost normal from the front, until you spot that one floor appears to be missing and the one below it looks as if it has shrunk. The back of the building tells a starker story: the concrete is buckled and extruded “like a cake whose filling has oozed out”, says Ms Carillo. Her mother died.

Now the building — erected in the early 1970s on a plot bought by Ms Carillo’s grandfather and still owned by the family — has to be torn down. “Mexico is still standing” goes the current catchphrase, commending the solidarity shown by civilians rushing to join rescue efforts after the September 19 quake. But as the demolition work began this week, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of buildings like Ms Carillo’s are going.

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Mexico’s attorney general resigns a year into job

10/16/2017 Daily Mail


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Photo: Gobierno de México

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s Attorney General Raul Cervantes has resigned.

The Attorney General’s Office says through its Twitter account that Cervantes has presented his resignation to the Senate.

Cervantes was President Enrique Pena Nieto’s third attorney general in five years. He nominated him in October 2016 to replace Arely Gomez.

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Trump’s Tough Talk on Nafta Raising Fears of Pact’s Demise

10/11/2017 New York Times

Flag_of_the_North_American_Free_Trade_Agreement_(standard_version).svgWASHINGTON — The North American Free Trade Agreement, long a punching bag for President Trump, is edging closer toward collapse as negotiators gather for a fourth round of contentious talks here this week.

In recent weeks, the Trump administration has sparred with American businesses that support Nafta and pushed for significant changes that negotiators from Mexico and Canada say are nonstarters. All the while, the president has continued threatening to withdraw the United States from the trade agreement, which he has maligned as the worst in history.

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Mexico to Receive $150 Million From Catastrophe Bond After Quake

10/10/2017 New York Times

Source: ABC News

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s will receive a pay out of $150 million from a catastrophe bond after a Sept. 7 quake met parameters for magnitude, location and depth, the finance ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

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Mexico Minister Says Ditching NAFTA Would Affect Cooperation

10/10/2017 New York Times

NAFTA_logoMEXICO CITY — Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said on Tuesday that an end to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would be a breaking point in Mexican-U.S. relations and would affect bilateral cooperation in other areas.

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NAFTA Negotiation Round Extended by Two Days: Mexico Sources

10/10/2017 New York Times

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MEXICO CITY — The fourth round of talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade agreement have been prolonged until Oct. 17, two sources in Mexico said on Tuesday, as negotiators gathering in Washington were expected to start tackling difficult issues.

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