Lawmakers: Obama administration should press Mexico on human rights

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The letter goes on to decry:
  • The failure to reform Mexico’s Military Code of Justice to ensure human rights abuses by the military against civilians are tried in civilian court;
  • A 400 percent increase in reports of torture by the Mexican security forces to obtain confessions;
  • The failure to implement protection measures mandated under the Law for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists; and
  • More than 26,000 disappearances – including more than 2,000 involving federal authorities.

The letter is signed by Reps. Ted Poe (R-Texas), Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.), Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), John Carter (R-Texas), Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.), John Lewis (D-Ga.), Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), Michael Capuano (D-Mass.), Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.), Peter Welch (D-Vt.), Bill Foster (D-Ill.), Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Ed Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Alan Lowenthal (D-Calif.) and Danny Davis (D-Ill.).



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