The announcement by Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center and others is the latest step backward in accountability for alleged military killings and rights abuses in the country
40930156. México, D.F.- El titular de la Procuraduría General de la República, Jesús Murillo Karam informó en conferencia de prensa que la procuraduría, procederá contra tres militares por presunto homicidio y que continúan las investigaciones en contra de otros más por diferentes acciones relacionadas en el enfrentamiento de Tlatlaya, Estado México.NOTIMEX/FOTO/PEDRO SÁNCHEZ/PSM/CLJ/, photo: Notimex
30 of March 2016 13:10:30
MEXICO CITY — Leading Mexican human rights groups announced Wednesday that a military court acquitted six of seven soldiers charged with breach of discipline in the 2014 killing of 22 suspects, including between 12 and 15 who were executed after they surrendered.The announcement by Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center and others is the latest step backward in accountability for alleged military killings and rights abuses in the country. The sentences were handed down in October but were not made public until now, after the rights groups obtained the documents.
#INFOGRAFÍA 1/4: #Tlatlaya, la impunidad debe terminar. Los antecedentes del caso. pic.twitter.com/8nkn8VmUdJ— Centro Prodh (@CentroProdh) March 30, 2016At the time of the killings in 2014, the Mexican army regularly released press bulletins on confrontations in which suspects were killed by army troops; after the grain-warehouse killings, the defense department largely stopped releasing such information.And in February, Mexico's transparency watchdog denied an AP appeal to release autopsy reports on 42 suspects killed by federal police in a 2015 gun battle between federal police and criminal suspects. One police officer died on May 22 in what authorities described as a clash with drug cartel suspects at a ranch in the western state of Michoacan, but the lopsided 42-1 death toll drew suspicion.The National Institute for Information Access last month ruled against a freedom-of-information request filed by The Associated Press in October. The quasi-independent agency ruled the information should be kept as a state secret for five years. The institute took the government's side in denying there was any evidence that human rights violations occurred at the ranch where the shooting occurred.