Mexican armed forces

In recent days, Mexico’s lower house of Congress has rushed discussions on the Law on Internal Security that will normalize the role of the Armed Forces in policing. Security and human rights experts and civil society organizations reject the measure and have expressed their concern in an open letter.

The signatory organizations express their concern over the passage of the new security law in Mexico and other legal reforms they believe will have the effect of negatively militarizing Mexican society. “Approving the law or formalizing militarized public security strategies in Mexico would set an extremely negative precedent in Latin America and also threaten important human rights reforms that have recently been approved in the country,” they said.

The organizations are calling on the Mexican Congress to reject the law and uphold the country’s commitment to human rights that the government defends before the international community.
The open letter was signed by Conectas and another ten human rights organizations, among them Amnesty International, WOLA (Washington Office on Latin America) and CEJIL (Center for Justice and International Law).

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