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Following the announcement made on 3 January by governor Angel Aguirre Rivero that the Mexican Army would take over Operation Secure Guerrero (OGS), Abel Barrera Hernández, director of the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights, criticized that this would mean that a military institution would be in charge of the security of the populace, given the numerous denunciations of human-rights violations committed by soldiers in the past few years, ones “that even have increased in number.” “The decision to leave Operation Secure Guerrero in the hands of the military is a bad sign; the screw is being tightened, and from our perspective, decisions are being taken that do not guarantee peace and tranquility but that rather worsen the situation of the people,” stressed Barrera Hernández. Beyond this, the Tlachinollan director warned that this year “there is seen a sobering panorama for human-rights defenders and social activists”; he furthermore denounced that the state and federal governments have not observed the recommendations made by the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) and the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) in several cases.
For more information (in Spanish):
Critica Tlachinollan que el Ejército se encargue del Guerrero Seguro (La Jornada de Guerrero, 4 de enero de 2013)
Será mejor 2013 para Guerrero y Acapulco, vaticina Aguirre (La jornada de Guerrero, 3 de enero de 2013)
El Ejército coordinará las acciones de Operación Guerrero Seguro: Ángel Aguirre (Crónica, 4 de enero de 2013)
Ejército coordinará Guerrero Seguro (La Prensa, 3 de enero de 2013)
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