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Mexico: Amnesty International’s Secretary General calls on president-elect to avoid further militarization of the country

    November 21, 2018

    Kumi Naidoo, Amnesty International’s Secretary General, has addressed Mexican president elect, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, in response to his recent announcements regarding the creation of a National Guard conformed by trained military personnel and federal police to take over public security in Mexico.

    Find the video of Kumi Naidoo calling on Andrés Manuel López Obrador to prevent further militarization of Mexico on Facebook or download the file here.

    Below an excerpt of the video transcript:

    “For the President Elect: Today, Mr. President, you find yourself at crossroads, you can take the same way that your predecessors followed and risk making the same mistakes, or you can consider a new strategy and build a different kind of approach, one where armed forces slowly go back to their barracks and resources are invested in creating a police force that respects human rights and that Mexicans can trust. We urge you to do the right thing. Thank you very much, muchas gracias.”

    Amnesty International spokespeople are available for interviews.

    If you would like more information or to arrange an interview, contact Lucy Scholey, Amnesty International Canada (English):  +1 613-744-7667 ext. 236;

    Read more:

    Mexico: The new government’s plan must focus on withdrawing the armed forces from public security roles (News, 15 November 2018)