National: Public Hearings to Debate the Creation of National Guard Begin

national guard.pngPresentation of the National Guard (@Cuarto Oscuro)

Since January 8th, public hearings or consultation forums were initiated in the Chamber of Deputies in which governors, mayors, legislators, public servants on security and armed forces issues, specialists, representatives of human rights organizations and civil society organizations will participate to discuss the creation of the National Guard. Discussion tables are planned until January 12th, which will address issues such as “citizen security in the states, federalism and the National Guard, municipal strategies for security, human rights, human security and the construction of peace.”

On the same day, the #SeguridadSinGuerra collective, which brings together more than 300 organizations and individuals, published a public stance in which it maintained its critical position towards the formation of the National Guard that continues with the tendency to militarize the country. It also criticized the recent call of the federal government for the recruitment of those who will make up that institution: “If times have really changed and those who today govern and legislate are different, you cannot act in the same way, using the Congress of the Union as a window of procedure,” they stated.

It should be recalled that shortly before, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), launched the call to recruit young people to join the National Guard, which generated controversy as he took this step before the creation of this new institution was approved in Congress. In his defense, AMLO declared that the objective is “not to waste time” but opposition legislators described this initiative as a “lack of respect” for the legislative branch.

For more information in Spanish:

AMLO y Guardia Nacional: ¿cuáles son los requisitos de ingreso? (Político.MX, 4 de enero de 2019)

300 organismos civiles, inconformes con creación de la Guardia Nacional (La Jornada, 7 de enero de 2019)

Colectivo Seguridad Sin Guerra pide que audiencias sobre Guardia Nacional no sean una simulación (Animal Político, 7 de enero de 2019)

Guardia Nacional sí, pero sin llevar a militarización: Conago (La Jornada, 8 de enero de 2019)

El de la Guardia Nacional, “un modelo exactamente equivocado que no hay que aprobar”: Corral (Proceso, 8 de enero de 2019)

Gobernadores del PRI respaldan la Guardia Nacional, pero proponen “modelo híbrido” (Proceso, 8 de enero de 2019)

Gobernadores piden una Guardia Nacional y con mando civil en el inicio de audiencias públicas (Animal Político, 8 de enero de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/International: UNHCHR Asks Congress for Civil Controlled National Guard and that it Last Five Years Maximum (January 2nd, 2019)

National: Faced with Rejection of National Guard, AMLO Proposes New Consultation (December 12th, 2018)

National: Supreme Court Invalidates Security Law; AMLO Announces National Peace and Security Plan 2018-2024  (November 27th, 2018)

National: CNDH Asks SCJN to Declare Interior Security Law Unconstitutional (November 7th, 2018)

National: Reactions to Minister for Supreme Court’s Proposal on Interior Security Law (November 7th, 2018)

National: AMLO “The Army and the Navy will continue on the streets in internal public security tasks” (September 15th, 2015)


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