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Human-rights Advocates Push For U.S. Government To Withhold Drug-interdiction Funds For Mexico

LADB Article ID: 50778
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2009-08-12
By: LADB Staff

Human rights advocates and some US legislators are pushing US President Barack Obama's administration to use its muscle to force the Mexican government to halt abuses by Mexican soldiers and police in its fight against drug traffickers. The Obama government has given conflicting signals, citing the need for Mexico to respect human rights but also praising President Felipe Calderon's administration for its effectiveness in the war against drug traffickers. Obama especially noted the Mexican government's efforts at a North American leaders' summit with Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Guadalajara in early August. Calderon argues that his administration is conducting its campaign in accordance to the law.

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