Just days after receiving a painfully candid assessment of its shortcomings in the field of human rights from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the administration led by President Enrique Peña Nieto invited the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, to Mexico. Zeid pulled even fewer punches. As with the president of the IACHR, Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Zeid cited progress made in specific areas by the Mexican government in addressing human rights failings but he was forthright in his criticism. Zeid, in particular, urged the Mexican government to set a firm deadline for removing the military from the streets and replacing them with well-trained police. He said: “it has to be driven by a sense of real urgency, real urgency. It’s not something that can wait endless months”.

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