Mexico Allowing Military Searches of Civilian Homes Will Result in Human Rights Violations

MEXICO VOICES — The Human Rights Network All Rights for Everyone warned that the approval of amendments to the Code of Military Justice which allow the armed forces to carry out searches in private homes, in offices of the federal government, the Legislature, the Judiciary and decentralized agencies is a legal way for individual rights to be violated.

Fernando Ríos Martínez, executive secretary of the organization which brings together dozens of human rights groups, questioned the way the Senate approved the changes which, he said, go against Article One of the Constitution and internationally recognized positions.

“It took us by surprise; it was voted on in the early morning hours, suddenly, without respecting legislative protocols. Certainly, we will try to have an action of unconstitutionality issued,” he said. [MV Note: The National Human Rights Commission can present a challenge of unconstitutionality of a law to the Supreme Court.]

He regretted the adoption of the reform, because its rejection

MEXICO JUSTICE SYSTEM: GIVING POWERS TO MILITARY TO SEARCH PRIVATE CITIZENS UNCONSTITUTIONAL — LA JORNADA

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