Numerous international organizations say the bill
threatens human rights and warn of the potential for abuse
by law enforcement.
Mexico’s Internal Security Law is under severe criticism
from the international community which says the new
legislation threatens human rights and puts the safety of
citizens at risk.
Representatives from the United Nations, the Inter-American
Commission on Human Rights, and the National Commission for
Human Rights denounced the law which will incorporate military
forces into citizen security organizations.
The Chamber of Deputies approved the bill last week, allowing
the state to create a rapid response team composed of state and
federal law enforcement reserved for extreme cases when
municipal or state forces are not equipped to handle the
According to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, the
project is of the utmost importance and imperative to addressing
any threat federal or local police are unable to control.
CNDH representatives expressed their concern, saying the law
poses a potential risk to human rights and once incorporated
into the system, the project could be easily abused and utilized
to control any activity or civil disturbance.
As part of the Organization of American States, the IACHR
cited numerous occasions, specifically in 2015, where similar
militarized presence resulted in “extrajudicial executions,
torture, and forced disappearance, as well as higher levels of
impunity in Mexico.
The commission took its argument to Twitter, reminding
Mexican officials of the need for a clear and unequivocal
separation of municipal and national police forces to ensure
security. The various methods of training, preparation and
procedure are so extremely different, it will only add to the
confusion, the organization added.
"Among other considerations, it would create risks for the
validity of human rights, it would not provide real solutions to
face the enormous security challenges facing the country,
strengthen status quo, reduce the incentives to professionalize
civil institutions and favor the consolidation of the military
paradigm in security matters, which has not reduced violence and
has increased human rights violations,” said U.N. High
Commissioner for Human Rights Jan Jarab.
At the national level, the Ibero-American University and the
Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center have petitioned senators
to overturn the bill.