During President Vicente
Fox's administration, the role of the Mexican military in counternarcotics
activities has dramatically increased. Previously limited to eradicating
illicit crops or intercepting drug shipments, the military is now directly
involved in efforts to dismantle drug trafficking organizations, from tracking
down cartel bosses to staging commando operations to detain them.
The military has also penetrated civilian police and law enforcement institutions,
with hundreds of military personnel assigned to the Attorney General's
Office and thousands more serving in the Federal Preventive Police.
A new report from the Washington
Office on Latin America (WOLA), "Mexico's Military in the War on Drugs,"
written by WOLA consultant Jorge Luis Sierra for the WOLA "Drugs, Democracy
and Human Rights" project, describes how the US government has supported
the Mexican military's expanded counternarcotics role. WOLA fears
such militarization of law enforcement functions and institutions could
undermine Mexico's transition to democracy.
to download the complete document in PDF format, or in HTML at http://www.wola.org/publications/ddhr_mexico_brief_text.htm
(Spanish). To order a printed copy, call WOLA at (202) 797-2171 or
to print out a form to mail in with a payment of $3.00 plus $1.50 shipping
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Issue #284, 4/25/03
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