Mexican security forces have been implicated in numerous serious human rights violations—including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and torture—in the course of efforts to combat organized crime. Nevertheless, the government has officially sanctioned military involvement in domestic law enforcement activities, without including meaningful measures to strengthen civilian police institutions, and there has only been limited progress in prosecuting those responsible for abuses. Recently passed laws on torture and enforced disappearances contain positive provisions, but their implementation remains pending. Other continuing problems include violence against journalists and limits on access to reproductive rights and health care.

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