Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mexican Senate approves partial reform measure

In February 2014, the Mexican Senate approved legislation
"to remove a reservation made by the Mexican government upon ratifying the Inter-American Convention on the Forced Disappearance of Persons, allowing for military jurisdiction in cases where members of the Mexican armed forces have been implicated. The move comes four years after the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) rejected Mexico’s adherence to its military justice system for cases of alleged human rights abuses by members of its armed forces. This came as part of the court’s ruling that the Mexican government was responsible for violating international human rights conventions in connection with the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla, detained by the Mexican military in the state of Guerrero, and accused of having ties to a guerilla group. As a result, such cases will now be heard in civilian courts."
As noted in this report from the Justice in Mexico Project, action remains to be taken on other needed reforms. 

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