Mexico: Lessons from a Human Rights Catastrophe

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (R) gestures during an event for the National Flag Day in Iguala, Guerrero State, Mexico on February 24, 2016.

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    Mexico’s incoming president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will inherit a human rights catastrophe involving extreme violence by organized crime, widespread abuse by the military, police, and prosecutors, and pervasive impunity for both.

    His predecessor, President Enrique Peña Nieto, initially tried to ignore these problems. But ongoing atrocities provoked public outrage and forced him to support reforms that could help curb abuse—if they are ever properly implemented.

    This series of articles examines Peña Nieto’s human rights record—what went wrong, where limited progress was made, and how the next administration can do a better job of containing the carnage and strengthening the rule of law in Mexico.