July 27, 2009

The national ombudsman, Jose Luis Soberanes Fernández went before the Supreme Court of the Nation (SCJN) to question the constitutionality of  a new  law from the Attorney General's Office (PGR). The rule, he said, prevents the National...

July 23, 2009

The World Bank released its most recent report on Worldwide Governance Indicators, and Mexico’s standing was impacted by its perceived troubles with political stability, violence and corruption. The results put Mexico behind Chile, Uruguay, Puerto...

July 23, 2009

In its annual drug report released in late June, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) found substantial decreases in cultivation and production of cocaine, opium, and cannabis worldwide, with a corresponding increase in the production...

July 23, 2009

Increased international attention from the media and human rights organizations to alleged abuses by Mexican soldiers against civilians could pressure the U.S. State Department and Congress to withhold funds from the Mérida Initiative, the US$1.4...

July 22, 2009

U.S. federal prosecutors asked a Washington, D.C. district judge to drop charges against Chinese-Mexican businessman Zhenli Ye Gon, citing problems with key witnesses. Ye Gon was arrested by federal authorities in Wheaton, Md. in 2007, charged with...

July 22, 2009

The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) has submitted a claim of unconstitutionality to Mexico’s Supreme Court against the Federal Police law, on the grounds that it violates the principle of legal certainty. The Federal Police law was approved...

July 22, 2009

President Calderón’s ruling National Action Party (PAN) was dealt a blow in the July 5 midterm elections, losing its plural majority in the lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies. As was expected, the Institutional Revolutionary Party...

July 21, 2009

In addition to the 1,000 soldiers sent to Chihuahua to replace others in a routine rotation, 1,500 more were sent to the embattled state to address the spiraling violence. Chihuahua governor José Reyes Baeza said that the troop deployment is...

July 21, 2009

The capture in Michoacán of Arnoldo Rueda Medina, one of La Familia Michoacana’s top bosses, was followed by what Mexican media have characterized as the largest ever offensive by organized crime against federal police and the military operating...

July 21, 2009

compared to the same period last year. Hence, if there are not significant reductions in the coming months, cartel violence in 2009 will exceed the annual total for 2008. Chihuahua is still bearing the brunt of cartel-related killings with 896...