09.05.10

Senator Leahy Comments On State Department Report On Merida Funding And The Leahy Human Rights Conditions

Following is the reaction of Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Appropriations subcommittee that funds the State Department and foreign aid programs, and author of the human rights conditions on U.S. aid to Mexico, to the Secretary of State’s report that Mexico is meeting the conditions:

“The United States and Mexico share an interest in stopping the drug related violence and other lawlessness that has engulfed Mexico, and we have provided more than $1.3 billion in aid in the past three years. 

“The conditions in the law that are the focus of the Secretary of State’s report apply to a small portion of our aid and seek to promote reforms that both our countries agree are needed.  While I am encouraged by the willingness of Mexican authorities to discuss ways to improve accountability for violations of human rights, we have not yet seen evidence that abuses, particularly arbitrary arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings by the armed forces, are being effectively addressed.  These are not the kind of results the conditions in the law require.  A report like this that falls short doesn't help either country."

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