Jun 28, 2011

Whack-a-mole Drug: Mexico military admits 44 violations in "drug war"

Mexico: military admits 44 violations in "drug war" | World War 4 Report: "According to Mexico's National Defense Secretariat (Sedena), the military has taken responsibility for 44 cases of violations of civilians' human rights since December 2006, when President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa ordered soldiers to join in the fight against drug trafficking.

Sedena says it has initiated criminal or administrative proceedings against 223 soldiers, including officers, in these cases. However, no general has faced charges so far, and no soldier has received a sentence in cases resulting from recommendations by the government's National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). A total of 5,055 complaints against the military have been received by the CNDH during this period; the military dismisses some of these as 'presented by members [of criminal organizations] to discredit the military institution and in this way to limit its operations.'

The military has opened criminal proceedings in five new cases this year."

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