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18:00 - 19:30 11 October 2016

Drug violence and human rights in Mexico


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
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This talk will examine the changing nature of drug-related violence in Mexico with a view to providing an analytical framework to account for the country´s human rights crisis. The presentation traces the main trends observed in drug-trafficking and drug-related violence against the backdrop of transition to democracy.

Three points are especially salient. First, while there can be no doubt that President Calderón declared a war on drugs and drug-trafficking, the militarization of drug policy long preceded his administration. Secondly, while drug-related violence had already erupted during the first transition Fox government, it definitely accelerated under the Calderón administration. And third, the context in which human rights violations take place, and international human rights law and international humanitarian law operate, in practice matters.


Oscar Martinez
+44 (0)20 3108 9721 | ucl-ia@ucl.ac.uk


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