AMLO Empowers Mexico's Military Despite Record Violence During Presidency

Mexican President AMLO grants military control of National Guard, raising concerns over militarization and human rights issues in Mexico's ongoing violence crisis.

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Emmanuel Abara Benson
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AMLO Empowers Mexico's Military Despite Record Violence During Presidency

AMLO Empowers Mexico's Military Despite Record Violence During Presidency

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) has further empowered the country's military by granting them control over the civilian-led National Guard. The Mexican Congress backed the army taking over operational, financial, and administrative control of the National Guard. This move has raised concerns about the increasing militarization of public security in Mexico and potential human rights issues.

Critics, including the United Nations, have spoken out against the decision, emphasizing that security forces should remain under civilian authority. "The security forces should be under civilian authority," stated a UN representative. However, AMLO dismissed the criticism, accusing the UN and other human rights organizations of being right-wing and "earning money by 'simulating' and 'pretending' to defend human rights."

The changes to the National Guard's structure are likely to face challenges in the Supreme Court on the grounds that they violate Mexico's constitution. The National Guard itself has also been accused of alleged abuses since its formation.

Why this matters: AMLO's decision to grant the military control over the National Guard has significant implications for public security and human rights in Mexico. The move raises concerns about the increasing militarization of law enforcement and the potential for further abuses by security forces.

AMLO's government has presided over record levels of violence, with over 170,000 murders occurring during his presidency. Despite this staggering figure, the president has chosen to further empower the military by giving them control of the National Guard, which was originally intended to be a civilian-led force. The decision has drawn sharp criticism from both domestic and international organizations concerned about the militarization of public security and its impact on human rights in Mexico.

Key Takeaways

  • AMLO grants Mexico's military control over the civilian-led National Guard.
  • Critics, including the UN, express concerns over militarization of public security.
  • AMLO dismisses criticism, accusing UN of being right-wing and "pretending" to defend rights.
  • Changes to National Guard structure likely to face Supreme Court challenges.
  • AMLO's decision raises concerns over human rights abuses amid record violence in Mexico.