MexicoWatch: Politics, laws, oil, and art

First up, a teleSUR English report on that U.N. report on Mexico’s disappeared:

UN Committee releases report on disappearances in Mexico

Program notes:

The UN Comittee Against the Forced Disappearances released the review and recomendations to mexican government, expressing great concern over how mexican authorities document and investigate crimes. Clayton Conn reports.

Next, from United Press International, double standards at work?:

American woman faces 1,000 years in Mexican prison over kidnapping accusations

  • Nestora Salgado is accused of kidnapping dozens of people in Mexico but contends she made legal arrests

A woman with U.S. citizenship is facing up to 1,000 years in a Mexican prison over allegations she kidnapped dozens of people.

Nestora Salgado has been imprisoned in Mexico for 18 months after authorities accused her of kidnapping several people in the state of Guerrero, but the resident of Washington state who is also indigenous to Mexico contends she had arrested criminals and a corrupt official based on a law that allows indigenous people to form a police force.

“Even the worst criminal in Mexico right now, like the worst kidnapping people we know, they’re facing only 43 years in prison,” Salgado’s husband, Jose Luis Avila, told KIRO. “But Nestora, an indigenous woman, is facing almost a thousand years in prison.”

Avila says the charges against his wife are politically motivated and meant as a message.

From teleSUR, a corrupt administration yearns for more secrecy:

Peña Nieto Wants to Keep Oil Privatization Deals Secret

  • The government proposes removing the requirement to disclose contracts, permits, alliances and partnerships that the State signed with national and foreign companies.

The government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has proposed changing a key transparency law that would allow the state to keep key information secret over controversial energy reform plans.

According to a document presented before the Congress by the ruling party PRI and its ally the Ecological Green Party of Mexico (PVEM), there would be 82 changes to the Federal Law of Transparency and Access to Public Government Information.

The recommendations made by the legal adviser to the Presidency of the Republic propose removing the requirement to disclose contracts, permits, alliances and partnerships that the State signed with national and foreign companies on oil exploration.

And to close, via Noticias Ayotzinapa, a street artist in action:

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