National: use of public force is regulated

(@ SIPAZ, archived photo)

Six months before ending his presidential term, Felipe Calderón on 23 April called for changes to be made to the legitimate use of force, detention of persons, chain of command, and investigation in which will participate the police, the armed forces, and governmental justice institutions.  Accompanied by the leaders of the ministries that drew up the accords, Calderón argued that with these instruments will be guaranteed the rights of the innocent and those victimized by crimes having to do with human rights.  He assured that these documents respond to the necessity of “having much more clear orders,” and they make precise the circumstances under which the State can use force.

According to the president, the reforms are a response to recommendations made by the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) and other international human-rights organs that seek to “strengthen the overall protection of human rights as regards the actions of authority.”  In any case, the content of these indications reflects that “security forces now have a much more solid legal basis to continue with their tasks as they have to date performed them: with respect for the law and with respect for the right of persons.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Regulan el uso de la fuerza pública (El Universal, 24 de abril de 2012)

Gobierno regula uso de la fuerza por parte de sus cuerpos de seguridad (CNN México, 23 de abril de 2012)

Presenta Calderón protocolos de seguridad (Proceso, 23 de abril de 2012)

Presenta Calderón protocolos de seguridad para fuerzas federales(Milenio, 23 de abril de 2012)

Protege nuevo protocolo derechos de inculpados y víctimas: Calderón(La Jornada, 23 de abril de 2012)

Video completo del evento (Presidencia de la República, 23 de abril de 2012)

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