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The army and Mexico’s war on drugs

A United Nations expert group is worried that Mexico’s army has become too involved in domestic security and recommends that the government consider shifting tack: The recommendation follows a spike in abuse claims since the Army was first deployed four years ago to fight drug traffickers, said the preliminary report by a UN human rights ...

A United Nations expert group is worried that Mexico’s army has become too involved in domestic security and recommends that the government consider shifting tack:

The recommendation follows a spike in abuse claims since the Army was first deployed four years ago to fight drug traffickers, said the preliminary report by a UN human rights office working group. The group said the military and other government forces have become involved in an increasing number of disappearance cases that can no longer only be attributed to organized crime.

“The military is not trained to do public security tasks but to confront armed forces,” which explains the growing number of violations, said Ariel Dulitzky, a member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.

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