Mexico: Cosmetic changes won’t resolve human rights crisis

President Peña Nieto’s new measures to tackle Mexico’s human rights crisis are little more that cosmetic changes that fall far short of tackling the shocking level of abuses in the country, said Amnesty International.

“The measures announced by President Peña Nieto are just like trying to fix a broken leg with a band-aid. They are superficial and represent the same government rhetoric of the past years,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.  

“The fact that President Peña Nieto only devoted one line of his speech to addressing the serious human rights violations people are facing in the country, including torture, enforced disappearances and extra-judicial executions, is outrageous, particularly given the incredibly large number of cases that have been documented.” 

“President Peña Nieto should have acknowledged that the Mexican state has the ultimate responsibility for the country’s human rights crisis and that the only way to tackle it is by ensuring that no one can get away with committing abuses. Adopting measures to further militarize the country will just worsen the crisis.”

Talking points:

Enforced disappearances committed by police and armed forces.Shocking levels of torture and ill-treatment recorded in Mexico.Mexico’s human rights record.

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