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Mexican Military Kill Rate Raises Concerns of Summary Executions

HeadlineMay 27, 2016

A new analysis of the Mexican military’s kill rate suggests the armed forces have engaged in summary killings and extrajudicial killings while waging the so-called war on drugs. The analysis is based on the government’s own figures. It shows the Mexican Army kills, rather than wounds, its enemies at a rate far higher than the average in modern warfare. The Mexican Armed Forces have also been accused of thousands of instances of torture, although only about a dozen cases have resulted in convictions since 2006. The analysis comes as the parents of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College students marched to mark the 20th month since their children disappeared on September 26, 2014. An independent investigation has found evidence the Mexican military was involved in their disappearance. Felipe de la Cruz, spokesperson for the parents of the missing students, spoke out.

Felipe de la Cruz: “We’ve come to remind the world that the Ayotzinapa case has not been resolved, and the Mexican government doesn’t want us to know the truth. Today we demand that the government accept the mechanism to continue the investigation, and for countries to witness the truth and allow for this mechanism.”

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