Halt Military Aid to Mexican Security Forces
Despite nearly 34,000 drug-related homicides, a huge increase in human rights violations by the armed forces and growing citizen opposition to the bloody “war on drugs,” the U.S. Congress is once again considering the allocation of U.S. public funds to Mexico to support the failed counter-narcotics policy. President Obama’s proposed Fiscal Year 2011 budget contains $410 million for the Mérida Initiative, a security aid package to fight the drug war in Mexico, Central America and the Dominican Republic.
As such, we call on President Obama and Congress to:
*Immediately review and re-orient the failed "drug war" strategy for Mexico;
*Give priority funding to programs that reduce demand for drugs in the United States, including community abuse prevention;
*Reduce high rates of poverty and unemployment in Mexico by repealing or renegotiating NAFTA;
*Publicly denounce impunity in cases of murder, torture, rape and beatings including those at the hands of the U.S.-backed armed forces in Oaxaca, Atenco, Ciudad Juarez, etc.
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