April 5, 2013

Mexico’s Drug War Continues to Claim Lives

Contributor: Kimberly Bennett

Following a scathing February 2013 report from Human Rights Watch criticizing Mexico’s military and law enforcement for former President Felipe Calderon’s actions that exacerbated the violence stemming from the Drug War, an outburst of drug cartel violence claimed numerous lives in the border city of Reynosa, Mexico. Because cartel members retrieved and buried their own members’ bodies, officials were unable to determine an official body count—though estimates range from 12 to over 50 dead. Calderon’s government stopped counting deaths resulting from drug violence in September 2011—proof that even the government cannot keep track of the death toll. Civilians have responded to the violence by arming themselves against cartels—heightening violence and the increasing the chances of violent clashes. Human Rights Watch is urging the Mexican government to implement reforms to its law enforcement policies that will reduce the number of victims disappeared and killed as a result of the Drug War.

Sources and further reading:

Yahoo! News- Drug War Death Tolls Guess Without Bodies
Panoramas- HRW Criticizes Mexican Government Disappearances
USA Today- Monterrey Mexico Bodies
Human Rights Watch- Mexico’s Disappeared
New York Times- HRW Faults Mexico Over Disappearances

Other news stories of interest:

Christian Today- Deep Concern Over Violence in Latin America
The Huffington Post- Border Drug Busts Citizens -Americans and Mexicans