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Weekly Report - 14 May 2020 (WR-20-19)

MEXICO: Military role in public security cemented

The Mexican military will bear the brunt of the government’s efforts to reduce violent homicides in the country, with all of the associated human rights concerns, for at least another four years, according to a presidential decree issued this week. This does not come as a surprise, especially as violent homicides have continued unabated since the outbreak of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and security forces are hard put to take the fight to organised crime. But it is an indictment of the effectiveness of the national guard, announced with much fanfare in March last year by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who was a fierce critic of the use of the military in public security while in opposition.

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