National: Senate approves reform to Military Justice Code

(@Centro ProDH)

(@ProDH Center)

On 24 April 2014, the Senate of the Republic unanimously approved a reform to the Military Justice Code and another four bills limiting military tribunals in cases in which members of the Armed Forced commit any crime against civilians, they must be tried in civil courts, not military ones.  This reform is a response to the demands and recommendations made by Mexican and international human-rights organizations for more than 8 years.  It still needs the approval of both legislative houses.

Speaking to this reform, the UN Office in Mexico of the High Commissioner for Human Rights stressed the “open, participatory, and inclusive character that has been the predominant sign of the process of discussion and preparation of the bill, which finally ended up having significant legislative support.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Acotan senadores fuero militar (El Universal, 24 de abril de 2014)

Por unanimidad, aprueba el Senado reforma que acota el fuero militar(Proceso, 24 de abril de 2014)

El Senado aprueba una reforma que limita el fuero militar (CNN México, 24 de abril de 2014)

Avala el Senado reforma que acota el fuero militar (La Jornada, 24 de abril de 2014)

Apoya ONU acotamiento del fuero militar + comunicado completo(Aristegui Noticias, 25 de abril de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Human-rights organizations call on Senate to reform military justice system (5 October 2013)

Mexico: Civil society calls on SCJN to consolidate restriction of military tribunals (28 September 2012)

Guerrero: SCJN orders that the Bonfilio Rubio case be tried in civil court (27 August 2012)

National: NGOs request that SCJN resolve affairs relating to military tribunals in 32 cases (17 June 2012)

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