Human Rights Watch hits military for abuses


Human Rights Watch published a new report on human rights violations by the Mexican armed forces.  From the report:

While engaging in law enforcement activities, Mexico’s armed forces have committed serious human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, killings, torture, rapes, and arbitrary detentions. … This report details 17 cases involving egregious crimes by soldiers against more than 70 victims, including several cases from 2007 and 2008. None of the military investigations of army abuses analyzed here has led to a criminal conviction of even a single soldier for human rights violations.


The Government Ministry responded by saying that all decisions of the military courts could be appealed to the civilian justice system, and that the Minister of Defense had agreed to accept all the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission. (Universal 4/30)

If it were not for one factor, the fierce resistance of the government and the Army to any change in the military justice system would be invincible. The factor is the own-goal that the Calderón regime scored with Mérida Initiative and U.S. assistance against the narcos. As the [U.S.] law that was drafted (in part by HRW) that authorized resources, 15% of the total — and in reality the entire package — is subject to the availability of the civilian justice system for crimes such as torture, rape, and murder committed by soldiers.  

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