Mexico's Supreme Court Rejects Military Trials
September 27, 2012 | From the field | Human Rights

Mexico's National Supreme Court has ruled Article 57 of the Mexican Military Code of Justice, which the military had interpreted to give itself jurisdiction over cases of military human rights violations, to be unconstitutional. The Court affirmed that such cases should be tried in federal civilian courts. This ruling was informed by four recent judgments against Mexico at the regional Inter-American Court of Human Rights, two of which were litigated by MacArthur grantees Mexican Commission for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights and Tlachinollan Human Rights Center. There are more than 20 pending cases on the Court's docket involving military jurisdiction, and the Court has indicated it will continue to move in this direction.

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