Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Limiting the Military Fuero

This is big news:
The Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation curtailed the military fuero: effective immediately, any member of the armed forces that abuses human rights of civilians will be judged in [civilian courts].

"In situations where civilian human rights are threatened, under no circumstance can the military jurisdiction be operable," the decision says.
I think it's really important to note that this is not a setback for the military--it will make the military stronger and more integrated with society, and will hopefully lead to fewer cases of abuse. It will also make it easier to argue that the abuses that do occur are not systemic but rather isolated. I hope the military leadership embraces it.

Also, the Cacho case notwithstanding, I think we will look back at the SCJN in the Calderón era as a bastion for progressive decisions.

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