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Mexico’s Supreme Court to Review Controversial Public Safety Law

LADB Article ID: 80484
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2018-01-10
By: Carlos Navarro

The controversial anti-crime initiative approved by the Mexican Congress before the Christmas recess is going to the high court (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, SCJN), which will seek to ensure that the measure is in full compliance with the Constitution. President Enrique Peña Nieto, who says he is confident that the measure passes constitutional muster, is a staunch supporter of the initiative but supports a review by the SCJN. The law, which in essence allows the government to legally use the military for anti-crime efforts, was initially approved in the Chamber of Deputies in late November of 2017, and then by the Senate in mid-December in a 76-44 vote, with three abstentions. ecause the Senate made some changes, the measure had to go back to the lower house for a vote. The Chamber of Deputies easily ratified the Senate version and sent it to Peña Nieto before leaving for the holiday break. Non-governmental organizations and Mexico’s semi-autonomous human rights commission (Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos, CNDH) have questioned the legality of the measure. Opposition legislators who voted against the initiative are urging the SCJN to take a “sensible” approach on the issue, which could come before the court early this year.

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