April 24, 2015
Mexico’s congress approved on Thursday a reform that lets some foreign agents carry arms inside the country, a significant change in a nation that has historically said the practice would violate its sovereignty.
Under the law, foreign customs and migration agents will be allowed to carry guns in previously established zones. Also, foreign leaders or heads of state will be able to enter Mexico with armed security details.
Officials say the presence of foreign agents in Mexico will speed up the joint inspection process and facilitate the flow of goods and people across borders. They also say foreign customs and migration agents at times need guns to guarantee their security given the problems of drug and human trafficking.
April 22, 2015
Mexico’s Congress has approved an anti-corruption law that could help relieve pressure on President Enrique Pena Nieto’s scandal-plagued government.
The law, passed late on Tuesday night, strengthens oversight of public officials and designates a special prosecutor to tackle corruption. It comes after several previous efforts to pass anti-graft measures failed.
The reform will give new powers to Mexico’s existing Federal Audit Office and the Public Administration Ministry (SFP), as well as creating a special court to oversee all corruption-related issues.
April 21, 2015
Fox News Latino, 4/20/2015
The Associated Press October 22, 2014
The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, urged the Mexican government Monday to investigate the suspected “coercion” of the families who have struggled for almost seven months to find their 43 missing children.
“The security and dignity of the families must be protected, which is why the group urges whoever has been part of this further victimization to desist and demand that the incident be investigated,” the Spanish doctor Carlos Beristain, a member of the IACHR mission that is analyzing the case, told a press conference.
April 21, 2015
Mexico’s government said on Monday it would investigate reports that federal police killed 16 unarmed people in two attacks in January, the latest allegations to raise the specter of abuses by Mexican security forces.
The weekend reports in three media outlets on the Jan. 6 killings in the troubled western state of Michoacan contrasted with an account by the federal government that several of the deaths could have been caused by stray bullets in a gunfight.
Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said he had asked the attorney general’s office and the internal affairs department of the federal police to probe the killings in the city of Apatzingan, a flashpoint for violence in the state.
April 17, 2015
4/6/2015 InSight Crime
Many say Mexico‘s war on drugs began after former President Felipe Calderon took office in 2006, but a new book suggests that the genesis was prohibitive drug policies enacted by the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, a process that was later fueled by an economic trade agreement.
In their book “A Narco History: How the United States and Mexico Jointly Created the Mexican Drug War,” authors Mike Wallace and Carmen Boullosa argue the creation of Mexican drug cartels and the violence they have spawned is inextricably linked to proscriptive drug policies developed by the US and later adopted by Mexico.
April 6, 2015
By Gabrielle Velasco, Mexico Institute intern
This new infographic by the Mexico Institute charts data gathered from a survey conducted by Roberto Hernandez that asks Mexican prison inmates in the State of Mexico and DF if they were mistreated during their interrogations.
Click here to see the infographic.
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