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Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part II: The selection of new IFAI commissioners and access to information on migrant rights

Mexico’s Senate is now in the process of selecting the country’s new information commissioners who will be at the center of pivotal transparency and human rights decisions for years to come. The competition is intense, with 158 candidates vying for the seven top positions at the Federal Access to Information Institute (IFAI). Continue reading

Three Years Later, Still No Justice for 2011 San Fernando Killings
Human Rights

Three Years Later, Still No Justice for 2011 San Fernando Killings

On April 1, 2011, Mexican authorities discovered the first of several mass graves in Tamaulipas state that all told would contain the bodies of nearly 200 people. The victims, many of them migrants headed toward the U.S-Mexico border, were pulled from intercity buses and executed by the Zetas criminal organization with the alleged complicity of … Continue reading

Mexican court orders a new review of the San Fernando massacre
Human Rights

Mexican court orders a new review of the San Fernando massacre

In a case that has important ramifications both for access to information and for human rights investigations in Mexico, a federal judge declared last week that the country’s information commissioners can and should determine whether an infamous 2010 massacre of 72 migrants in Tamaulipas state by alleged agents of the Zetas drug cartel might constitute a grave violation of human rights under established international legal norms. Continue reading

The Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio: 20 Years Later
Political Violence

The Assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio: 20 Years Later

Our friends at Animal Político today published an article highlighting a set of declassified documents on the March 23, 1994, assassination of Luis Donaldo Colosio, a reform-minded presidential candidate from Mexico’s ruling party who was the heir-apparent to outgoing President Carlos Salinas. Although officially determined to be the work of a lone assassin, his killing has … Continue reading

Déjà vu in Mexico: Declassified Documents on the First Time Mexico “Killed” “El Chayo”
Mérida Initiative / Transnational Crime

Déjà vu in Mexico: Declassified Documents on the First Time Mexico “Killed” “El Chayo”

Once Deemed a “Needed Win” U.S.-Supported Operation Failed to Net Cartel Chief in 2010 Mexico’s “largest air mobile operation” “caused both civilian and police deaths” but seen as “overall success” for President Calderón and “serious blow” to drug cartel This post was co-authored by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau and was prepared in collaboration with MVS Noticias in Mexico. … Continue reading

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part I: Migrant Rights and the Legacy of the Outgoing IFAI Commissioners
FOIA Notes

Mexico’s Transparency Reforms, Part I: Migrant Rights and the Legacy of the Outgoing IFAI Commissioners

This post was co-authored by Michael Evans and Jesse Franzblau. Clearing the decks after a recent overhaul of Mexico’s transparency regime, the Mexican Senate last week rejected a request by the current group of Federal Institute for Access to Information (IFAI) commissioners to remain in their posts until the end of their current terms. Beginning in May, the … Continue reading