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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Mexico - 16 January 2018

In brief: Mexico

* The supreme court (SCJN) has reported that it has agreed to review a constitutional complaint against the recently approved federal internal security law presented by the municipality of San Pedro Cholula in Puebla state. The interior security law, which for the first time establishes a legal framework for Mexico’s armed forces to be employed in public security and policing duties, was promoted by the government led by President Enrique Peña Nieto and approved by the federal congress in December 2017. Proponents of the law argue that it is necessary to help improve public security in the country. But critics such as the national human rights commission (CNDH) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights have warned that it could lead to an increase in human rights abuses committed by the armed forces. Critics also argue that the law goes counter to the 2011 constitutional reform on human rights, which incorporated a basic set of human rights guarantees into the constitution. A SCJN statement said that it has accepted to review the complaint presented on these grounds by the San Pedro Cholula municipal government and that it would issue a preliminary ruling on the matter in coming weeks.