03 December 2011

MEXICO : Calderon Threatens Legal Action Vs Activists Claiming Army Human Rights Abuses.

                                          WSJ/ J.de CORDOBA

WSJ: "Five years after Mexican President Felipe Calderón declared war on the country's violent drug traffickers, his government is fighting accusations by human-rights activists that it allowed the killing, torture and kidnapping of civilians in its drug war.
    While the government denies systematic abuses, mounting reports of such cases could erode popular support for the offensive by Mr. Calderón."
AND:   "Netzai Sandoval, a Mexican human-rights lawyer, asked the International Criminal Court in The Hague on Nov. 25 to investigate Mr. Calderón and top security officials—along with leading drug lords—for alleged war crimes.
    The request came with a petition signed by more than 23,000 people, led by a group of mostly leftist academics, jurists and journalists."
    Two days later...Calderon threatened libel suits against those who signed the petition.