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Supreme Court Considers Challenges to Public Safety Law

LADB Article ID: 80542
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2018-03-07
By: Carlos Navarro

The Mexican Supreme Court (Suprema Corte de Justicia de la Nación, SCJN) has accepted a number of challenges to the public safety law (Ley de Seguridad Interior, LSI) that Congress approved and President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law late last year (SourceMex, Dec. 6, 2017). The controversial measure has drawn significant opposition from civil society because it ratifies the use of the armed forces for law-enforcement duties, which has raised concerns about the potential for human rights violations. The court is not in a hurry to make a decision and has spent the past few weeks evaluating the dozens of challenges to the law that have been brought before it. Several challenges presented by state-level human rights organizations were thrown out on the grounds that only local and state government entities were entitled to challenge the law under Article 105 of the Constitution. While the constitutional challenges presented by the state human rights commissions were rejected, the high court accepted legal motions presented by a number of local and state entities.The public safety law also had an audience outside of the country. Members of several Mexican human rights organizations succeeded in bringing the issue to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR),

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