The National Supreme Court of Justice (SCJN) decided to extend its mandate to investigate the possible serious violation of the individual guarantees during the troubles in Oaxaca related to the Guelaguetza celebration in July this year. The period under investigation had previously been restricted to May 2006 to January 2007. The dead-line for the designated commissioners to present their reports was also extended until August 2008.
An investigation of the possible human rights violations during the past months, such as the arbitrary detentions by state agents during the demonstration? on November 2 at the Crucero de Cinco Señores, will however not be incorporated to the SCJN mandate (see previous article in the blog).
In June 2007 the National Supreme Court of Justice (SJCN) decided to initiate an investigation of the happenings in Oaxaca in exercise of its constitutional power order to carry out non-legal ad hoc investigations regarding the grave violations of the individual guarantees. In August the SCJN approved the General Accord 16/2007 which outlines the rules by which the investigating commissions of possible violations of the individual guarantees will have to obey.
After having finished its investigations, the commissioners will deliver a report to the Court which will determine whether there were grave violations of the guarantees and who was responsible. The Minister’s final verdict will nevertheless not have any legal implications nor will it generate any obligations for other authorities.
More information about the SCJN decision in Spanish:
The Court widens the investigation about the conflict in 2006, in Spanish:
More information about the happenings on July 16-17 in Spanish: