Headlines from Mexico

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1. The Independent Group of Interdisciplinary Experts has left Mexico after publishing their second report on the Ayotzinapa case. The GIEI left on an inquisitive note, why could the small team of the GIEI do more for the truth than the institution? Their departure was an emotional gathering as the parents and community said their goodbyes.

Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Milenio, Excelsior, Animal Politico

2. Roberta Jacobson was confirmed as United States Ambassador to Mexico after months of deliberations from the U.S. Congress. She has demonstrated through her public service that she is a highly qualified individual with an extensive background in diplomacy with Mexico.

Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Milenio, Expansión, Animal Político

3. Violence has surged in Acapulco as a growing presence of cartels has been noticed. Federal security is in question as doctors in Acapulco protested the lack of security in the hospitals, as it has become a growing concern.

Read more: El Universal, Excélsior, Milenio, Reforma, El Universal

4. An anti-corruption law proposed by the PRI and the PVEM came to the Senate floor this week. However, as it is missing two of the original seven clauses introduced in Ley 3 de 3, it is not being considered a sufficient effort.

Read more: Expansión, El Universal, Animal Político, Milenio, Jornada, Milenio

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newspapers logo2-011.The Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) along with Ángela Buitrago and Claudia Paz experts apart of CIDH, Mexico’s Human Right’s Commission, convened on April 20th to investigate the case of Ayotzinapa. They presented major contributions in terms of defining how the case will continue in support of finding the truths through forensics and science evidence.

Read more: Milenio, El Universal, Jornada, Expansion, Reforma, El Universal

2. The Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (TEPJF)  in Mexico determined that the Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM) is responsible for the dissemination of messages via Twitter during the period of electoral ban; thus, punishment will ensue. With the decision, the TEPJF revoked the resolution of the Chamber Regional specialized of the Tribunal which had determined non-existent infringements attributed to the political Institute for the dissemination of propaganda through Twitter.

Read more: Milenio, El Universal, Jornada, Refroma, Expansion

3.The U.N. General Assembly gathered on Tuesday to rethink global strategy in the war on narcotics for the first time in two decades as activists, U.N. officials and world leaders cited an international trend towards more liberal drug laws. President Enrique Peña Nieto was also quoted that he would ask the country’s congress to decriminalize personal possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, legalize its medical use, and shift public policy from prohibition to prevention of the drug’s consumption.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, Milenio, ExcelsiorEl Universal, Expansion

4. Twenty-four people died after a leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast at the  Pemex petrochemical and Mexchem plastic producing plant in Veracruz this Thursday. The massive explosion at the facility’s chlorinate 3 plant also injured 136 people, 13 of them seriously. Another 18 people were unaccounted for, and one badly damaged part of the plant had yet to be scoured.

Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Animal Politico, Excelsior, Expansion, Milenio

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  1. The case of the disappearances of the students of Ayotzinapa continues as the National Human Rights Commission revealed this week that at least two agents of Mexico’s Federal Police were involved in aggression and later disappearances. Additionally, the Interdisciplinary Group of Experts will be leaving Mexico, and a special mechanism will be created to accomplish the recommendations of these experts.Read more: Jornada, Milenio, Excelsior, El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma, Expansión, El Universal
  2. Mexican authorities have reached out to Interpol to detain three of the four accused of sexual assault of a minor in Veracruz. This case has become a symbol of the corruption and impunity citizens in Veracruz have been faced with.Read more: Jornada, Excelsior, Jornada, Excelsior, Reforma, Milenio, Animal Politico, Expansion
  3. This week the Mexican Senate approved legislation that would establish preferential conditions for both national and international private business who would invest in the southeastern region of the country. This vote was passed with 88 in favor and 8 against.Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Reforma, Expansión
  4. Two of Mexico’s largest political parties, the PAN and PRD, have submitted an anti-corruption and impunity proposal to the Senate so that there would be a plan of action when combating, preventing, and sanctioning corruption at every level of government.Read more: Expansion, Milenio, El Universal

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newspapers logo2-011.Forensic scientists from the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IACHR) and the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team, a non-governmental organisation, have both ruled out the government’s version of the events: weather records show it rained on the night of the students’ disappearance, while satellite images show there were no fires at the site on the night.

Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Milenio, Excelsior

2. The Mexican interior minister, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said that with the country’s approach regarding marijuana regulation and its economic implications, the goal should be “to weaken the illegal drug market.”The debate on the legalization of marijuana has continued in Mexico with mixed opinions from conservative to liberal voters.

Read more: El Universal, Milenio, Excelsior, El Universal

3. The National Electoral Institute (INE) and the Government of Mexico City agreed that the facilities will provide that vehicles of the electoral management body as needed to the electoral tasks are exempt emerging measures of the program ‘Hoy No Circula’ of May 30 to June 15. Meanwhile, the elections of 2016 are underway across Mexico.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, Milenio, Excelsior, Jornada 

4. On Sunday, the Panama Papers, published articles based on leaked confidential documents from a law firm in Panama, Mossack Fonseca, were released. Mexican authorities are investigating 33 people for possible tax evasion or financial crimes, tax chief Aristoteles Nunez said on Wednesday. Internationally, the  Panama Papers have undoubtedly caused public attention toward public officials and governments.

Read more: Reforma, El Universal, Milenio, Reforma, Excelsior, El Universal 



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1. This week at the Mexican Health Foundation (FunSalud), Enrique Peña Nieto announced that healthcare should be not be a privilege for the few but rather a right of the people. Later on in the speech, Peña Nieto mentioned that the Mexican government will work in a distinct and direct manner to bring universal health care to all citizens. Push back has come from different parties and organizations. 

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Reforma , Milenio

2. The anti-corruption citizen initiative legislation Ley 3de3 has been undergoing delays from the PAN within the senate because it does not fulfill the base considerations they believe is necessary for anti-corruption legislation. This resistance seems to be fueled by party tension of the PAN and PRI, the legislation itself was created and is backed by the PRI.

Read more: Reforma, El Financiero, El Universal, Excelsior

3.  The government of the Mexican state of Veracruz has taken control over the municipal police in the city of Papantla, where the police chief and seven officers were arrested in connection with the disappearance of three young men earlier this month, officials said. The disappearances were perpetrated on two different occasions.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, Reforma, El Universal

4. The sexual assault case of a teenage girl in Veracruz has crossed national news this week over the controversy of her alleged perpetrators “Los Porkys”, a group of four wealthy teenagers, and the circumstances surrounding the case. Speculations surround the actions the family had taken against these four teenage boys with videos of them apologizing but not admitting to the crimes. The governor Duarte visited the family of Daphne and promised justice to their child.

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  1. This Saturday marks the year and a half anniversary of the disappearance of the 43 students from Ayotzinapa. The Undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior, Roberto Campa Cifrián, concluded that many individuals who have been impacted by this case deserve assistance, protection, and reparation from the state for the damages this has caused, and a diagnosis of the care needed should be made by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI). The GIEI was created two months after the disappearance of the 43 students and has been investigating their case since November 2014.Read more: El Universal, Jornada, Animal Politico, Proceso, El Universal, Reforma, Milenio
  2. Kate del Castillo, a Mexican born actress living in the United States discusses her fears and concerns for herself after being investigated for her participation in the interview of Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán with Sean Penn. She states that she does not fear the cartels in her country, she fears the Mexican government and their control on society.Read more: El Universal, CNN Expansión, Jornada, El Universal, Milenio
  3. The Mexican military found 79 steel drums in Veracruz with cocaine, as the war against drugs continues. Each drum could contain 200 liters each, leading to around 15,800 liters allegedly being contaminated and testing positive for cocaine. This was accomplished through an operation of the Mexican Navy and the Servicio de Administración Tributaria (SAT).Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Proceso, Milenio
  4. Easter celebrations have begun in Mexico with Semana Santa. In Iztapalapa, the 173rd recreation of the Passion of the Christ has taken to the streets bringing in neighbors and tourists.
    Read more: Jornada, El Universal, Milenio
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newspapers logo2-011. Political leaders across Mexico have gain traction on their anti-corruption campaign in Mexico. Leaders from PRI, PAN, PVEM all have spoken in accordance in support of the citizen led Law ‘3de3’ initiative to help bring transparency to the public service and bring more confidence to the citizen’s of Mexico.

Read more: El Universal, Excelsior, Milenio, El Universal

2.In response to the remarks made by Donald Trump toward the Mexican people and this Tuesday’s  U.S. mini Super Tuesday primary, Mexican politicians, specifically in the PRD party and citizens are rallying in an Anti-trump campaign on Social Media with hashtag ‘MxcontraTrump’ (Mexico Against Trump).

Read more: Excelsior, Reforma, Milenio, Milenio

3. Mexico City has experienced the worst smog in 11 years and has declared a Phase 1 pollution alert. Smog on the city’s northern edge reached 1.3 times acceptable limits in the afternoon.Political leaders in the city have shared statements of potential pollution controls but not official plan has been declared.

Read more: Reforma, Dinero, El Universal

4.  The state of Mexico had begun refusing to accept Mexico city’s garbage this week after Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera blamed surrounding states for sending pollution into the city. Mancera has since announced that the state of Mexico and Morales will push forward in acting to limiting the amount of cars on the road and the problem of garbage disposal.

Read more: Milenio, El Financiero, Jornada, Milenio,