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Mexican Senate Delays Consideration of Key Measures to Address Corruption

LADB Article ID: 80476
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-12-13
By: Carlos Navarro

The Senate is dragging its feet on enacting some needed changes that would help Mexico begin to address the massive problem of corruption that continues to plague the country. On Dec. 9, which is the UN International Anti-Corruption Day, several human rights and civic organizations, including the semi-independent human rights commission, the Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos (CNDH), issued a sharp criticism of the Congress for failing to vote to implement changes mandated by Mexico’s new anti-corruption laws. Several committees debated measures related to the anti-corruption law, but the Senate delayed in bringing the enabling legislation for a floor vote. As of early December, just days before legislators were scheduled to go on recess for the Christmas holidays, the Senate had yet to approve a law that would enable the appointment of the head of the SNA and a new independent attorney general. The lack of a corruption czar worried some human rights organizations, particularly the CNDH, which cited a need to act on addressing corruption in Mexico. The CNDH cited the Transparency International (TI) Corruptions Perception Index for 2016, which was released in January of this year. The TI Index ranked Mexico number 123 out of 176 countries, a significant regression from a ranking of 111 in the Corruptions Perception Index for 2015.

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