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On Eve of Summit, Mexico’s Human Rights Record Comes Under Fire in U.S. Congress

Posted by americasprogram on August 7, 2009

Mexico's militarized drug war

Mexico’s militarized drug war.  Source: militarismomexico.blogspot.com

Last week Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt) made it clear that he would block the human rights report on Mexico that is set as a condition for releasing remaining funds through the Merida Initiative.  The report is to be presented by Sec. of State Clinton to the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee that  Sen. Leahy chairs, but was held up late last week despite efforts on the part of officials from both the U.S. and Mexico to negotiate with the State Department and several U.S. legislators for a favorable report.

Leahy’s foreign policy aide, Tim Rieser, told officials that there is evidence that the Mexican government has not complied with the four conditions put down in the Merida Initiative legislation.  Leahy’s office has concurred with several Mexican and international human rights organizations that human rights violations continue in Mexico’s war on drugs and in fact have increased. In Mexican President Felipe Calderon’s short two and a half years in office, violations have risen 600%, with an average of 140 complaints filed against the army per month. These includes serious violations such as torture, homicide, forced disappearances and illegal raids.

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