National: Militarization in Mexico Increasing – Centro ProDH

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On June 30th, the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (Prodh Center) presented the report “Military Power, the National Guard and the Risks of Renewed Military Leadership” that shows the intense militarization in the Republic in the last decades.

The 322-page report seeks to recall “that a process of gradual demilitarization of public life is urgently needed to make security policies more efficient, to reduce human rights violations and to redirect the civil-military relationship in the logic of a democracy that opts for the civil path.”

The Prodh Center, which for more than 30 years has documented and denounced impunity in crimes and serious human rights violations committed by the Armed Forces, dedicates a chapter of its report to the National Guard in which it highlights how it is not a security body of a civil nature as mandated in its constitutional creation. Instead, it highlights how militarization has deepened during the current six-year term of office with the 4T just as with previous governments.

“The militarization during the current administration reached a legal depth not seen before. Legal changes are being accompanied by an extensive use of the Armed Forces for tasks other than their ordinary constitutional functions: the participation of the Army in the construction of public works and in other functions has become common during the six-year term of office”, the report highlights.

For more information in Spanish: 

Informe: “Poder militar, la Guardia Nacional y los riesgos del renovado protagonismo castrense” (Centro Prodh, 30 de junio de 2021)

Centro Prodh presenta informe sobre militarización a dos años de Guardia Nacional (Milenio, 30 de junio de 2021)

En actual sexenio se profundiza militarización del país: Centro Prodh (La Jornada, 30 de junio de 2021)

Militarización en sexenio de AMLO con profundidad legal sin precedentes: Centro Prodh (InfoBae, 1 de julio de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: AMLO Wants Reform that Makes SEDENA Responsible for National Guard (June 18, 2021)

National/International: Concerns over Closing and Militarization of Land Borders in Mexico(March 28, 2021)

National: CNI against Megaprojects and Militarization (February 5, 2021)

Chiapas: National Guard Sued over Construction of Barracks in Chilon (January 30, 2021)

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