Weekly Report - 09 March 2023 (WR-23-10)

MEXICO: Militarisation of public security fuels controversy

The expanding role of the military in Mexico and militarisation of public security has been a key feature of the last four years under the government led by President Andrés López Obrador, but it has been deeply controversial. On 7 March The New York Times ran a piece entitled “Spying by Mexico’s Armed Forces Brings Fears of a ‘Military State’”, citing documents from an investigative report published last October alleging that the armed forces used Pegasus, a sophisticated spyware programme developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, to spy on two journalists and a human rights defender (HRD) between 2019 and 2021 despite reassurances from López Obrador that spying would never take place under his government [WR-22-40]. The HRD in the report is Raymundo Ramos, who just last week denounced the extrajudicial killings of five youths by an army patrol.

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