Security chief reports 3.9% decline in homicides


Source: Mexico News Daily

Homicides declined 3.9% in the first eight months of 2021, Security Minister Rosa Icela Rodríguez said Wednesday.

There were 22,611 homicides between January and August, according to data presented by Rodríguez at President López Obrador’s news conference, a decrease of more than 900 compared to the same period of 2020.


At least 14 killed in bloody gunfight in northern Mexico

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12/2/19 – Reuters

By Dave Graham

Ten suspected cartel gunmen and four police were killed during a shootout on Saturday in a Mexican town near the U.S. border, days after U.S. President Donald Trump raised bilateral tensions by saying he would designate the gangs as terrorists.

The government of the northern state of Coahuila said state police clashed at midday with a group of heavily armed gunmen riding in pickup trucks in the small town of Villa Union, about 40 miles (65 km) southwest of the border city of Piedras Negras.

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Missing activist found dead in Mexico’s troubled Guerrero

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11/21/19 – AP News

By Peter Orsi

A human rights activist was found dead in the mountains of the troubled southern state of Guerrero more than a month after he disappeared, authorities and fellow activists said Wednesday.

Guerrero Attorney General Jorge Zuriel de los Santos Barrila said authorities confirmed around midday the discovery of the corpse of Arnulfo Cerón Soriano, who disappeared Oct. 11 from the city of Tlapan de Comonfort. The body was found along a road between the city and Igualita, about 12 miles (20 kilometers) away.

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Mexico: Main suspect absolved in 2014 student disappearances

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09/03/19 – AP News

By Maria Verza

One of the main suspects in the 2014 disappearance of 43 teachers’ college students in southern Mexico has been acquitted, a human rights attorney said Tuesday, as justice remains elusive for one of the darkest moments of the country’s recent history.

Santiago Aguirre, director of the human rights center known as Prodh and a lawyer for victims’ relatives, said the judge absolved Gilberto López Astudillo due to “insufficient evidence” and the suspect was released from custody Saturday with no pending charges remaining against him.

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Mexico’s Bloodshed Surges in First Months of AMLO Presidency

4/23/2019 – Bloomberg

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By Eric Martin

Murders in Mexico climbed almost 10 percent in the first three months of the year, confronting President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador with perhaps his biggest challenge as he seeks to maintain popularity and make good on a key campaign promise.

Slayings surged to 8,493 from January through March, compared with 7,750 a year earlier and 8,433 in the final three months of 2018, according to data released by the national public security system. Crime rates jumped across the board, with kidnappings rising by a third and extortion climbing by nearly half in the first quarter from a year ago.

The latest high-profile case of violence came over the Easter holiday weekend when gunmen killed 13 people, including a one-year-old child and five women, at a party in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. Lopez Obrador, who held his daily news conference from the state’s capital on Monday, said he plans to visit Minatitlan, the city where the shooting occurred, on Friday. He added that violence will fall nationally within six months.

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Mexico Homicide Cases Rise by 15 Percent in 2018


MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s public safety agency says homicide cases rose by 15 percent in 2018.

Government figures released this week show prosecutors opened 28,816 investigations in 2018, compared to 25,036 the year prior.

Each case may involve more than one victim, so the total number of homicides is likely to be higher.

The increase was led by dramatic rises in violence in parts of the country like the Caribbean coast state of Quintana Roo.

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‘We don’t want Maradona’: Soccer legend gets a mixed welcome in Mexico’s Sinaloa

9/19/2018 – Washington Post

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 The president-elect of Mexico, a man capable of convening massive crowds, passed through this coastal city on Monday morning and raised little more than a ripple.

The same afternoon, one of the living legends of major league baseball, Fernando Valenzuela, was left mostly in peace as he ate lunch with other retired ballplayers in the restaurant of the Hotel Lucerna.

The reporters and TV crews who had convened in the hotel lobby were more interested in another new arrival: a 57-year-old, short, paunchy Argentine man with graying stubble and a pronounced limp who had taken up residence in a seventh-floor suite and had hardly been seen for a week.

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Alleged Juarez Cartel Assassin Extradited to New Mexico

9/6/2018 – The New York Times

mexico law enforcementAn alleged assassin of the Juarez cartel has been extradited from Mexico to New Mexico in connection with a 2008 slaying of a man whose burned body was left on a desert mesa.

Jaime Veleta Jr., 35, recently was extradited to New Mexico for his role in the death of Danny Baca, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.

Baca, 53, was shot 22 times with a semi-automatic assault rifle and his body was burned and left on Pajarito Mesa near the city of Los Alamos in January 2008, authorities have said.

Baca, who also allegedly worked for the Juarez cartel, smuggled marijuana and cocaine from the Mexican border city of Juarez to El Paso in hidden compartments in a Ford Mustang, officials have said. But he kept some smuggled marijuana for himself and sold it for around $7,000, angering cartel leaders.

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U.N. sees signs of Mexican official involvement in wave of disappearances

05/31/2018 Reuters

Army detentions MichoacanThe U.N. human rights office has “strong indications” that Mexican federal security forces are behind a wave of disappearances in and around the city of Nuevo Laredo, a statement from the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday.

Mexican officials did not immediately respond to the UN allegations.

The U.N. has documented the disappearance of 21 men and two women in Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas State from February until May 16 this year, the statement from U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said.

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UPCOMING EVENT | Soaring Homicide Rates in Mexico: Understanding the Crisis and Proposing Solutions

pexels-photo-54512.jpegWHEN: Monday, May 7, 2018, 9:00-11:00am

WHERE: Woodrow Wilson Center

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It is no surprise that crime, insecurity, and corruption are top issues in this year’s presidential campaign. Last year set a modern day record for homicides in Mexico – over 29,000. Why are homicides soaring in Mexico once again and, more importantly, what are the prospects for the future? Are there any new ideas for reducing homicides and increasing security in Mexico? What are Mexico’s presidential candidates proposing?

Join us for a discussion with leading experts on crime, violence, and security in Mexico.

Dr. David Shirk

Global Fellow, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Director, Master’s Program in International Relations & Associate Professor, Political Science and International Relations, University of San Diego
Director, Justice in Mexico

Dr. Rafael Fernández de Castro
Director, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Edna Jaime Treviño
Director General, México Evalúa

Dr. Cecilia Farfán-Méndez
Postdoctoral Fellow, International Relations, Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies, University of California San Diego

Eric L. Olson
Senior Advisor, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center
Deputy Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center

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