Supreme Court weighs revoking military immunity for rights violations

The Supreme Court will consider a proposal from Minister José Ramón Cossío Díaz that members of the armed forces that commit crimes against civilians be tried in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. Last week Government Secretary Fernando Gómez Mont personally lobbied each of the 11 Ministers of the court against the proposal, arguing that it would risk the integrity of the armed forces and hurt the war against drug traffickers. The court is considered sharply divided on the issue. Columnist Denise Dresser noted, “The number of accusations of human rights violations committed by the Army has grown 600% in the last two years, to 140 per month. The war against drugs is becoming a serious problem for the civilian population, which ought not to be minimized or classified as ‘collateral damage.’  The military is capturing drug bosses, but it is also violating individual rights. The fight against crime is generating its own form of criminality.” (Universal 8/10, Reforma 8/10)

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