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Mexico: Constitutional Right to Personal Identity

(Jul 11, 2014) On June 17, 2014, Mexico published an amendment to article 4 of the Constitution in the country’s official gazette. It stated: Every person has the right to identity and be registered immediately at birth. The State will guarantee the fulfillment of these rights. The competent authority will issue, without charge, the first […]

Mexico: Senate Passes New Electoral Offenses Law

(May 22, 2014) With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up to 22 years in prison for certain crimes, and if passed it would be applied for […]

Haiti; Mexico: Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

(May 13, 2014) As part of the Mexico-CARICOM Summit and the Sixth Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, held in the city of Mérida, Mexico, on April 30, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a working meeting with his counterpart from Haiti, Michel Martelly, in which they followed up on the bilateral […]

Mexico: President Promulgates Electoral Political Reform

(Mar. 31, 2014) On February 10, 2014, a decree published in Mexico’s federal gazette amended, added, and repealed many provisions of 31 articles of the Mexican Constitution that affect political-electoral matters. (Decreto por el que se Reforma, Adiciona y Derogan Diversas Disposiciones de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, en Materia Política-Electoral, DIARIO […]

Mexico: Draft Legislation on Economic Competition Law

(Feb. 26, 2014) The House of Representatives of Mexico recently received from the Federal Executive Branch draft legislation (iniciativa) on a new Federal Competition Law, which contains 130 articles, in addition to amendments to article 254 bis of the Federal Penal Code, which deals with antitrust violations. (Victor Chávez, Esto es lo que Propone Peña […]

Mexico: Federal Senate Approves of Law Against Human Trafficking

(Feb. 24, 2014) The Mexican Senate recently approved a comprehensive reform of the law against human trafficking. The reform provides for more severe penalties, incorporates new types of criminal behavior associated with human trafficking, extends the scope of aggravating circumstances of the crime, and increases penalties to up to 30 years of imprisonment and fines […]

Canada; Mexico: Reaffirmation of and Agreement to Strengthen Ties

(Feb. 24, 2014) During Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s official visit to Mexico from February 17 to 19, 2014, in the context of the celebration of 70 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Mexico, he and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto agreed on the importance of deepening and strengthening the relationship between the two […]

Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru: Trade Protocol Signed

(Feb. 18, 2014) The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, with his counterparts the Presidents of Colombia, Chile, and Peru, signed an Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for the Pacific Alliance. The signing took place on February 10, 2014, at the closing ceremony of the 8th Pacific Alliance Summit, held in Cartagena de Indias, […]

Mexico: Senate Approves Penalty of Up to 60 Years of Imprisonment for Terrorists

(Feb. 18, 2014) The full Federal Senate of Mexico overwhelmingly approved draft legislation submitted by President Enrique Peña Nieto to increase penalties to up to 60 years in prison for anyone who commits the offense of terrorism in the country. The draft law provides that the Office of the Government Attorney (Ministerio Público) may order […]

Mexico: Federal Senators Seek Transparency of Allocated Financial Resources

(Feb. 18, 2014) Senators of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI), National Action Party (Partido Acción Nacional, PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolución Democrática, PRD), and Ecological Green Party of Mexico (Partido Verde Ecologista de Mexico, PVEM) will propose a new regulation on transparency of the Senate aimed at […]