Anti-militarization

Mexico

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Collective organization against militarization in Mexico

Objective

The process led by a group of organizations, activists and academics, aims to generate alliances and amplify the vision to influence public opinion, the federal legislative power and the judiciary regarding the problems that the advance of militarization in Mexico brings particularly for vulnerable sectors of the population.

Context

The opaque process of militarization of public administration affects various groups of people; migrants, people displaced by violence, women, people in search of disappeared relatives, journalists and academics who have been censored or harassed for denouncing abuses by the armed forces, and even those who work in the country’s deteriorated civilian police forces. The risks of militarization will be reflected in the deterioration of human rights guarantees, such as the loss of democratic control in the hands of the militia, arbitrary arrests or forced displacement.

Negative consequences that not addressing this issue can bring:

  • Failure to comply with accountability regarding the powers that the armed forces have in the federal public administration;
  • That the human rights of vulnerable populations are put at risk due to arbitrary arrests and abuse of power;
  • By having a militarized country, freedoms and rights usually guaranteed in a democracy are lost, due to the coercive power of the armed forces;
  • That internal security management powers are granted, that legally and institutionally do not correspond to the armed forces.

Action path

The movement seeks to articulate different sectors and specialized publics in the country, to make citizens aware of the risks of deepening militarization in security and public life, as well as to propose alternative solutions that can be adopted by governments

  • The group of organizations coordinates discussion spaces with both national and international organizations. In parallel, it creates a communication and incidence strategy to define audiences and analyze which political milestones can be used to design the campaign;
  • Research and analysis of public policies is carried out, as well as analysis of the consequences of the militarization process and the experience of people who have faced anti-democratic regimes in the region.

Action plan

  • Have dissemination materials on the consequences of militarization in Mexico to raise awareness among the population;
  • Have spaces for dialogue with international actors and organizations;
  • Establish strategic alliances between organizations and local and federal government to propose solutions.