Mexico: The new government’s plan must focus on withdrawing the armed forces from public security roles

In response to the ruling of the Mexican Supreme Court of Justice on legal action 6/2018 and its joint proceedings, which challenged the constitutionality of the Law on Internal Security (Ley de Seguridad Interior), Amnesty International has stated:

“The declaration that the Internal Security Law is unconstitutional has opened up an opportunity for President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government to implement a detailed plan for the prompt and orderly withdrawal of the armed forces from their security duties. However, it is worrying that the president-elect has submitted a security proposal that essentially imitates the failed militarised security model and has allowed serious human rights violations to be committed by the armed forces”, declared Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

It is worrying that the president-elect has submitted a security proposal that essentially imitates the failed militarised security model and has allowed serious human rights violations to be committed by the armed forces
Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International

“The new government should break the military security paradigm and develop a new model. Civil institutions should be responsible for the country’s security and must maintain control of operations. The president-elect’s proposal for ongoing militarisation should be amended to focus on strengthening and professionalising the civilian police”, declared Tania Reneaum, Executive Director of Amnesty International Mexico.

The president-elect’s proposal for ongoing militarisation should be amended to focus on strengthening and professionalising the civilian police
Tania Reneaum, Executive Director of Amnesty International Mexico