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A member of the Mexican security forces stands guard near City Hall in Villa Union. A member of the Mexican security forces stands guard near City Hall in Villa Union, an area previously patrolled by Mexican marines until President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador reassigned them to other duties, Dec. 3, 2019. (AP photo by Eduardo Verdugo).

AMLO’s Justice Reforms Risk Undoing Mexico’s Progress

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020

MEXICO CITY—Mexico’s left-leaning president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, took office in December 2018 vowing to demilitarize his country’s war on drugs and tackle its wave of violent crime with a policy of “hugs, not bullets.” Yet his first full year in office saw 35,588 homicides committed nationwide, breaking the previous record for the third year in a row. In one of the more high-profile atrocities, nine members of a prominent Mexican-American Mormon family were massacred in November, including six children.

The spiraling violence, along with AMLO’s failed promises to address it, has rekindled a long-running debate in Mexico over how to improve the country’s deeply flawed criminal justice system and strengthen its law enforcement capacity. After months of preparation, AMLO’s administration was due to unveil a new proposed criminal justice reform law this week, but those plans were derailed when leaked drafts of the legislation circulated online, angering experts who claim the proposal would mark a dangerous regression for due process and human rights. ...

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