HRF and UNDP: NGOs and Police Reform
Can the Fox Administration Reform the Police?
Human Rights First
Letter Regarding Giuliani Plan
Human Rights First has sent a detailed letter Mexico City's Public Security
Secretary Marcelo Ebrard offering a response to a summary of recommendations
that the Secretariat circulated recently. The recommendations come from
a consulting team headed by former NY mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Giuliani
was contracted by Mexico City's government for USD4.3 million (paid by
a group of Mexican businessmen) to conduct a review of policing and criminal
justice and make recommendations.
Towards a Real Rule of Law in Mexico
Pushing for Due Process and Accountable Police
For decades, Mexican police have been poorly trained, ill equipped and badly led. Unable to stand up to organized crime, political bosses, or their own sometimes corrupt leaders, police forces have been notoriously inefficient at bringing culprits to justice. Without the means to do their job properly, and little incentive to change from a passive judiciary, Mexican police have frequently resorted to extreme and brutal means. The result has been an extreme lack of confidence in public institutions, from the police station to the courthouse.
Officials in the Fox administration admit that police frequently torture or otherwise use excessive force against suspects, compelling them to confess to crimes where no other evidence exists. The problem with Mexican police is a serious, multi-layered one of corruption, ineffectiveness, unaccountability and brutality. There are, however opportunities for change, as new administrations at all levels, and even the PRI begin to recognize that they need to seek new models for policing, or risk losing voter support.
Human Rights First's Approach to Reform in Mexico
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