This piece is helpful because of the key policy solution it recommends. Stop all war-on-drugs-related funding to Mexico that has resulted in 100,000 murdered in drug war-related violence. End Plan Merida. That's what we can do in our country. Talk to your Congressional Representatives about this. Be heard.
By CIP Americas | 12 / November / 2014
Mexico in Crisis: U.S. Drug War Funding, Ayotzinpapa and Human Rights ViolationsOn Sept. 26, Iguala police opened fire on students from the rural teachers’ college of Ayotzinapa, followed by more attacks throughout the night. Six persons were killed and 43 students are missing. The Ayotzinapa disappearances have triggered massive protests throughout the country.
Mexico is facing its worst political crisis in decades. U.S. policy has contributed to the crisis by funding corrupt security forces responsible for crimes against their own population.
- The vast majority of U.S. aid to Mexico is focused on fighting the war on drugs. This aid comes primarily through two channels: the Merida Initiative (MI) administered by the State Department and Department of Defense counternarcotics funds. The Merida Initiative, launched as a three-year plan by the Bush Administration in 2007 and funded in 2008, supports Mexican security forces, primarily in counternarcotics efforts to dismantle drug cartels. The Obama administration extended the MI “indefinitely”.
The U.S. government has spent approximately $3 billion dollars on the war on drugs in Mexico alone.
What are the results?
* 100,000 murdered in drug war-related violence
* More than 25,000 disappeared, tens of thousands forced to flee their homes, thousands of orphans and incalculable psychological trauma
* Mass graves in Guerrero, Tamaulipas, Chihuahua and other states with unidentified bodies
* Rise in violations of the rights and physical safety of transmigrants in the country
* Rise in violations of the rights of women and sexual crimes, including femicides
* Increase in torture and extrajudicial executions
Mexican security forces routinely violate human rights and murder youth: Two Cases–Tlatlaya, Mexico State and Ayotzinapa, Guerrero
- AYOTZINAPA: 6 DEAD AND 43 STUDENTS MISSING IN ATTACK BY POLICE
Youth, educators, human rights activists and citizens are protesting throughout the nation. They call this a “crime of the state”. Although it is clear that organized crime controlled the Iguala mayor, much of his government and the local police force, the state and federal government’s knowledge of the situation and failure to respond have led to the governor’s resignation under pressure and widespread calls for the president to step down. The search for the students has revealed more than ten clandestine mass graves containing unidentified bodies in the area.
- TLATLAYA, ARMY ACCUSED OF EXTRAJUDICIAL EXECUTIONS IN DEATH OF 22 YOUTH
General José Luis Sánchez León, commander of the 22nd Military Zone responsible for Tlatlaya, was subsequently removed from his post without explanation. One officer and seven soldiers are under arrest and currently being investigated. A Mexican Congressional Committee has been formed to investigate. The State Department confirms that 5 members of the 102nd Battalion were trained by U.S. agencies, but neither government has released names to indicate whether those trained in the U.S. are directly implicated in the killings.
These cases are the most recent and among the most egregious cases of crimes by Mexican security forces, but they are not the only ones. U.S. aid to these forces, far from improving the situation is increasing abuses. It should be halted immediately.
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos, SOBRE LOS HECHOS OCURRIDOS EL 30 DE JUNIO DE 2014 EN CUADRILLA NUEVA, COMUNIDAD SAN PEDRO LIMÓN, MUNICIPIO DE TLATLAYA, ESTADO DE MÉXICO Oct. 21, 2014