Mexico: EPN dismisses Calderón’s motion against the General Law on Victims

(@Vivir México)

Among his first acts as president, Enrique Peña Nieto decided to suspend the motion that Felipe Calderón had interposed before the Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) against the General Law on Victims on 19 July 2012, a move that would have frozen its possible entrance into law.

The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD), which was the principal platform from which the struggle for its implementation was coordinated, noted in a communique published on 4 December that “This new administration is obligated to respond to the pain and the demands of right and truth, justice, and the guarantees of non-repetition that are needed and demanded by the more than 80,000 dead, more than 20,000 disappeared, and more than 250,000 displaced during the war unleashed by Felipe Calderón in 2006.”  The MPJD recalled that the General Law on Victims is necessary, just as a radical change in security strategy is so: “we have insisted since spring 2011, when we took the streets, that there be a radical change in the national-security strategy, that there begin a national and regional debate regarding the prohibitionist anti-drug policy, and that a security model be adopted that is more humane and friendly to the citizenry, so as to advance in the construction of a peaceful society with justice and dignity.  Without a change in the security security, there will be more victims, and with this, there will not be conditions for peace.”

For more information (in Spanish):

ONG lo consideran un triunfo (El Universal, 6 de diciembre de 2012)

Peña Nieto retira recurso contra la ley de víctimas (Milenio, 6 de diciembre de 2012)

Retira EPN controversia contra la Ley General de Víctimas (Proceso, 5 de diciembre de 2012)
Ley de Víctimas tan necesaria como el cambio de la estrategia de seguridad (Pronunciamiento del MPJD, 4 de diciembre de 2012)

Activistas celebran las medidas para la atención a víctimas de Peña Nieto (CNN México, 3 de diciembre de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: MPJD criticizes presidential “veto” of Law on Victims (10 July 2012)

National: Approval of Law for the Protection of Human-Rights Defenders and Journalists (16 May 2012)

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