Human Rights and Civil Society

Amnesty International: Military deployments in Mexico brings violence

Amnesty International’s annual report on human rights in Mexico reported an increase in torture, abuse, arbitrary arrests and illegal searches of homes, which they relate to the deployment of 45 thousand members of the army to fight drug trafficking.

The organization said that despite the involvement of military in the fight against crime, the level of violence attributed to the increase of criminal networks in the country, has risen– since 2008 almost 6 thousand people died in violent incidents and dozens of security personnel hace also died or been wounded.

AI also criticized the military justice system which retains jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute members of the army accused of abuses and that, in the case of the police, there are no mechanisms of accountability. The report also notes that there are severe limits on access to justice.

The report recommends a restructuring of state and municipal corporations.

Liliana Alcántara. “El despliegue militar en México trae violencia: AI.” El Universal May 28, 2009.

“AI: crece la violencia en México; militares y policías, implicados.” La Jornada May 28, 2009.

“Preocupa a Amnistía Internacional violencia en México.” Noticieros Televisa May 28, 2009.

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