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07 June, 2016

Mexican govt accused of crimes against humanity

The Justice Initiative report affirms that the government's use of indiscriminate force and impunity is an integral part of the state's policy.

Mexican officials and organized crime organizations will for the very first time be accused by an international group of committing crimes against humanity, in a new report released Tuesday by the Open Society Initiative.

Within the framework of international law, extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and torture represent crimes against humanity and these three crimes have been committed repeatedly since the Mexican government began its war with drug traffickers in December 2006,” human rights activist Jose Antonio Guevara told teleSUR.

Gevara is head of the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, an NGO which along with other civil society groups have helped to create the new report titled "Undeniable Atrocities: Confronting Crimes against Humanity in Mexico."

The report collects four years of research and demonstrates a pattern of indiscriminate force and impunity which, the authors argue, has become an integral part of the Mexican state's policy.

Extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and torture cases are not isolated and they are being investigated one by one... Authorities do not recognize the problem they are facing and remain within the idea that this is part of their battle against drug violence,” Gevara added.

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