Past Features

November 14, 2017

Bordering on a criminal state?

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Texas Observer -- November 13, 2017    
Human Rights Lawyer on How Government is Complicit in Mexico's Drug War
    Through corruption and intimidation, many Coahuila state authorities coordinated with the Zetas and let them operate with impunity.
    More than a decade into a violent conflict that seems nowhere near being resolved, Mexico is a country haunted by the missing. The Mexican government estimates that more than 32,000 people have disappeared in the last decade --- a statistic that is likely far too low, since it comes from a federal database that relies on flawed data.
    In 2010, University of Texas law professor Ariel Dulitzky was appointed by the United Nations Human Rights Council to a five-person working group tasked with investigating the spike in kidnappings. What he found was a government unwilling to tackle the growing problem, which was highlighted by the unsolved 2014 mass kidnapping of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College. In their new report, 'Human Rights Abuses in Coahuila, Mexico,' Dulitzky and his students investigate another unsolved tragedy: the March 2011 kidnappings of at least 300 men, women and children by members of the Zetas cartel in the Cinco Manantiales region in the Mexican border state of Coahuila. [...]   
    What does this new report tell us about the conflict in Mexico?
    One thing it tells us is that through corruption and intimidation, many state authorities worked for the Zetas and coordinated with the Zetas and let them operate without any obstruction. This finding is not new, but what is new is that [it comes] from the testimonies of insiders in the Zetas and they were very explicit.