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Mexico

Mexico Seals Records in Lop-Sided Shootout that Killed 42

The quasi-independent agency rules the information should be kept as a state secret for five years

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2 years ago

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s transparency watchdog agency has taken the government’s side in denying an appeal to release autopsy reports on 42 suspects killed by federal police in 2015.

One police officer died in what authorities described as a gunbattle with drug cartel suspects in the western state of Michoacán in May, but the lopsided 42-1 death toll drew suspicion.

BUENAVISTA, MICHOACÁN, 24FEBRERO2016.- En la tenencia de Felipe Carrillo Puerto, 20 elementos de el exgrupo de autodefensas y ahora Fuerza Rural, comandado por Hipólito Mora, mencionan que no tienen nada que festejar este día, que se cumplen 3 años de que se alzó en armas en contra de el cártel de los Caballeros Templarios. El aún comandante ofreció entrevista desde su huerta de limón que trabaja con sus seguidores de armas. FOTO: ALAN ORTEGA /CUARTOSCURO.COM

Michoacán is one of the most violence-affected states in Mexico. Photo: Cuartoscuro/Alan Ortega.

The National Institute for Information Access (INAI) recently 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 decision drew criticism from human rights groups.

In a report Wednesday, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission criticized “a gradual regression in terms of active transparency policies and public information regarding the deaths of civilians.”

MARK STEVENSON

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