Oct 25, 2011

Human Rights: Permanent People's Tribunal Sets Up Shop in Mexico

IPS ipsnews.net: " "We have a duty to show what the reality is, and we will do so with complete independence," said French judge Philippe Texier, a member of the Permanent People’s Tribunal, which has opened a chapter in Mexico.

"Traditionally judges keep silent, but we have to clarify why we are here and why we accepted the request of the Mexican organisations" to set up the new branch of the PPT, which will investigate possible state crimes against humanity in this country, he said Friday.

"Mexico has a relatively good international human rights image, because it has signed all of the treaties and conventions, and the role of the PPT will be to demonstrate whether or not that image reflects reality," said Texier, who sits on France's Court of Cassation and is a former chair of the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights." read more

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