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Video Shows Extrajudicial Execution By Mexican Military, Amnesty Confirms

Video footage that appears to document a Mexican soldier killing a suspected gas robber in cold blood grows another major red flag about the country’s efforts to expand the policing powers of its armed forces, activists are informing.

Mexican military sources have claimed that unknown assailants launched an attack against an legion unit in the city center of Palmarito Tochapan earlier this month. An hourslong firearm combat ensued, in which at least five people including civilians and soldiers were killed.

But the surveillance camera video, procured and independently are audited by Amnesty International, belies parts of their story and offers graphic evidence of the armed forces’ oft-unreported inhumanities, rights groups allege.

It claims to reveal uniformed troops dragging an injured, unarmed human along the floor on the evening of May 3. Minute afterwards, one of the soldiers appears to shoot him in the back of the brain. Blood pools around his form as the troops continue their operation unfazed.

” This video shows what human rights activists ought to have reporting for decades: the Mexican military is out of control and should never be tasked with public security operations ,” Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty’s Americas director, said in a press statement liberated Thursday.

After video of the violence made the rounds on social media, President Enrique Pena Nieto said the government would conduct investigations into the incident, but he declined to comment further.

The video has led Amnesty and several other human rights organizations to again express concern over Mexico’s proposed “internal security” statute, which seeks to include the armed forces in certain protection operations usually performed by the police.

If passed into statute, it would award soldiers law enforcement powers of detention and involvement in crime investigations as part of the country’s response to raging narcotic cartel violence and other means of organized crime.

Human rights groups horror the bill’s passing would make it even more difficult to hold troops accountable for their actions, but preaches note that many local police forces have been accused of corruption as well.

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The panorama where a human was killed on a street of Acapulco, Guerrero State, Mexico is checked on April 15, 2016. Humanitarian groups have decried alleged human rights abuses in responses to crime for years.

” Instead of trying to fight violence with more violence and risking turning into another criminal group, the Mexican authorities must focus on their duty to protect the rights and safety of all ,” Guevara-Rosas recommended.” The mere thought of allowing military personnel to detain people and investigate violations is outrageous given the Mexican military’s tragic human rights account .”

Humanitarians have decried alleged human rights abuses by Mexican troops for years. Upon returning from a mission to Mexico in 2014, senior United Nations official Christof Heyns emphasized” an urgent need to decrease the involvement of the military in policing” and a need to” ensure that civilian and not military courts try members of the military who are accused of having committed breaches of human rights .”

Mexico has been waging a militarized crackdown on narcotic crime for over a decade. In late 2006, the governmental forces deployed thousands of troops in an escalated effort to address the crisis, but the ongoing intervention is widely considered to be a failure.

A report from the the internal experiment office of the Mexican Senate shows that national murder amounts actually tripled between 2007 and 2011.” It was after the start of the permanent[ military] operations that a real epidemic of violence occurred at a national level ,” it observes.

Nieto, who took office in 2012, have committed themselves to switch away from militarization as the primary strategy to quash cartel operations, but his government has faced widespread criticism for inducing minimal progress on that front. Under his leadership, the allegations of civilian abuses including abductions, sexual violence and unlawful executings have continued to mount against Mexican soldiers.

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