Oct 9, 2015

Mexico’s torture epidemic: “I saw big clots of blood coming out”

Amnesty International: When Tailyn Wang, a 34-year-old Peruvian woman living in Mexico City, was woken by a loud bang on her door in the early hours of the morning, she never imagined the horrific chain of events that would follow.

It was 4am on Friday 7 February 2014 when five federal police officers stormed into her house. The restaurant owner and mother of three was lying in bed with her husband, her children asleep in the next room.

“They ripped off my clothes. One of them forced himself on top of me in bed and started insulting me: ‘You whore, you fucking pig.’

“My husband screamed, ‘Don´t hit her, she is pregnant’ but they didn't care,” Tailyn told me. Read more.

Mexican soldiers should be questioned by expert panel - U.N. official

World News Report: Mexican authorities should allow international investigators to interview soldiers who may have witnessed the abduction and apparent massacre of 43 trainee teachers last year, a top United Nations official said on Wednesday.

The disappearance of the students in the southern town of Iguala and subsequent investigation into the attack has drawn sharp criticism of the government of President Enrique Pena Nieto for its inability to solve the case. Read more.

Report Accents Mexico's Jam-packed and Chaotic Prison System

Insight Crime: A new report from Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights documents the deplorable conditions in the nation's prisons, highlighting a fundamental obstacle to improvements in security.

The National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) recently published its annual examination of Mexico’s prisons and jails, and the 585-page report offers a detailed radiography of the system’s many ills.

The CNDH measured the state and national prison facilities according to five categories: how well a facility protects the physical and moral condition of an inmate; whether it guarantees a dignified stay; the facility’s governability; its success in preparing inmates for societal readaptation; and whether it protects at-risk groups, like HIV-positive inmates. Read more.

The other crime victims: 68 percent of Mexicans live in fear

El Daily Post: Every three months the Mexican government publishes a survey on "security perception" and every three months the results are equally discouraging. More than two thirds of the urban population feel their surroundings are unsafe. That means they may not wear the jewelry they want to, or carry cash, or let their kids out alone or even take a walk around the neighborhood in the evening. Those and other quality-of-life sacrifices make them crime victims, even if they've never suffered a criminal act.

Public security experts will tell you that the number of crime victims exceeds the number of those who have actually suffered some kind of criminal act. That’s because living in fear of crime — and changing your behavior as a result — makes you a crime victim. Read more.

Why are all those soldiers out in the streets all across Mexico?

El Daily Post: The U.N.’s  human rights chief says they shouldn’t be. The military isn’t designed for police work, he says, and Mexico’s top military leader agrees with him. So why are the soldiers out there? Because Mexican police forces were deemed to corrupt and inefficient to do the work that needed to be done, including going after the crime cartels. That has to change, the United Nations says, so the soldiers can return to their barracks.

The United Nations' top human rights official is calling on the Mexican government to set a timetable for withdrawing military personnel from law enforcement duties and replacing them with well-trained police. Read more. 

Distributing pork, calling it crime prevention

El Daily Post: Crime prevention has been a constant theme in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s security policy. In the early days of his mandate, he created an undersecretariat for prevention and citizen participation. But there’s a catch: That institution is not designed to prevent crime. Rather, it is a tool to build and feed a political clientele.

A month ago, Interior Secretary Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong named Arturo Escobar, erstwhile leader and spokesperson of the Green Party, the junior partner in President Enrique Peña Nieto’s governing coalition, as undersecretary for crime prevention. Read more.

Oct 7, 2015

Mexico To Use SEZs To Boost Economy Of South

Tax News: Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has introduced draft legislation for the creation of special economic zones (SEZs) in the southern states of the country.

The proposed SEZs would be set up in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the ports of Chiapas and Lázaro Cárdenas. These three areas are located in the states of Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Michoacán, respectively. Read more.