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9/15/15

Broken Justice in Mexico's Guerrero State

The report on this link has the title you see above. It's been published by The Open Society Justice Initiative and gives well-documented and deep details on the problems faced by this most problematic Mexican region. Here at IKN we've banged on and on about this, due to the direct political risk faced by (mining) companies set up there. What this report does is quantify the problem and it does it very well indeed. Here's an extract from the Executive Summary:

Evidence strongly suggests that some state institutions, including the police, have been infiltrated by organized crime. Meanwhile, elite families maintain powerful control over public institutions that have neglected poor, rural, and indigenous populations, feeding both cartel recruitment and popular discontent. If Guerrero’s citizens are no longer surprised by the regularity with which atrocities are committed, by now they are also used to the state justice system’s nearly comprehensive failure to hold perpetrators to criminal account. 
The Open Society Justice Initiative, in partnership with the Center for Human Rights Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez) and the Center for Human Rights of the Mountain Tlachinollan (Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña Tlachinollan), set out to understand the dimensions of Guerrero’s serious crime problem— specifically killings, enforced disappearances, and torture—and to identify the reasons that Guerrero’s criminal justice system has so badly failed the victims of these crimes. The resulting report provides the first comprehensive analysis of the political will and technical capacity in the state to investigate, prosecute, and hold fair trials for alleged perpetrators of killings, enforced disappearances, and torture.

It's a free and direct PDF download and it's on this link. Well worth your time, this is the type of thing you need to read before you start ranting, not afterwards. It's what I do.