Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Mexico And The Leahy Law

“There are two laws -- both of which I wrote and defend each year against attempts by some in Congress and the Pentagon to weaken them -- which tie a portion of our aid to foreign governments, and to Mexico specifically, on protection of human rights and punishment of those who violate human rights.  The Mexican Army and police have a long history of violating human rights with impunity, and no one in Congress has worked harder than I have to keep our aid to Mexico from going to those who commit such crimes.  I will continue to do that.”

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[This is one of many cases involving Mexico where the Leahy Law could come into play.  It is up to the State Department to implement the Leahy Law, and Senator Leahy hopes and expects that they will.]

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