Amnesty International recalls abuses committed by the armed forces and the National Guard in 2020
Mexico City- Amnesty International (AI) assures that the military personnel used by the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in security matters are Bienrique Peña Nieto or Felipe Calderon has more government.
In its annual report released today, the agency reviewed the abuses committed by the armed forces and the National Guard in 2020.
Just like what happened in Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, on July 3, when soldiers killed 19-year-old Arturo Garza (Arturo Garza). Survived a gun battle between criminal groups.
Or the death of 35-year-old Jésica Silva. After the National Guard took part in farmers’ protests for water rights in Delicias, Chihuahua in September last year, the National Guard responded to its vehicles. Killed after opening fire.
He assured in the report: “The government has deployed more military personnel in its public security strategy than the previous two presidential administrations.”
“In May, the President issued a decree allowing the permanent deployment of armed forces in public safety operations until March 2024.”
According to Amnesty International, the decree lacks the precepts to ensure that the armed forces’ behavior conforms to international standards, and López Obrador has also given them control of the port and customs.
The part about Mexico added that the National Supreme Court continued without analyzing the National Use of Force Act, which was challenged by the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) in 2019 for unconstitutional behavior.
For Amnesty International, apart from the fact that those responsible have almost absolute impunity, enforced disappearances committed by state personnel or individuals remain a cause for concern.
Regarding violence against women, she recalled that 3,752 murders were reported last year, but only 969 murders were investigated.
She said: “Mexico state has the highest absolute number of pesticides, followed by Veracruz; Colima and Morelos have the highest percentage of fungicides per 100,000 women.”
“After major social protests, the government stopped taking austerity measures and proposed to cut the budgets of the Indigenous and Afro-Mexican Women’s Chamber and the National Committee for the Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women; however, women reduced their operational budget by 75%, That is 151 million pesos.”
The report also mentions the killing of 24 human rights defenders and 19 journalists and violations of the rights of immigrants during 2020.
He said: “Torture and other ill-treatment continue to be of deep concern.”
“Investigations of torture reports are generally flawed, and criminal suspects are rarely brought to justice.”
They question pandemic management
Amnesty International pointed out in its annual report that in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Mexico has cut spending and medical workers have suffered population attacks.
The document states: “The government has responded to the Covid-19 pandemic and has cut public expenditures in various areas.”
“In April, the government implemented a austerity policy through a decree that cuts public spending, except for plans that are considered a priority, such as several large infrastructure projects.”
According to the AI report, at least 2,397 health professionals in Mexico died from the coronavirus last year.
“Several health workers expressed concern about irregular employment and lack of illness and other benefits, which sometimes leads to retaliation.”