Library of Congress

Law Library of Congress

The Library of Congress > Law Library > News & Events > Global Legal Monitor

Central America: Plan to Curb Migration to the U.S.

(Oct. 16, 2014) On September 23, 2014, the Foreign Ministers of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras submitted to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a regional plan to boost economic growth in poor countries and thus slow the exodus of their citizens to the United States. (Centroamérica Presenta un Plan para Frenar el Éxodo de […]

Mexico: Temporary Visitor Permits Will Be Extended to Additional Central American Migrants

(Oct. 10, 2014) On September 9, 2014, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reported to Members of the Congress of the Union that Mexico plans to grant citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua regional visitor permits. Mexico has granted such permits since July to Guatemalans and Belizeans in order to regulate […]

Mexico: Senate Committees Approve Draft Legislation to Protect Children

(Oct. 6, 2014) Draft legislation to enhance legal protections of children by amending the General Law of the Rights of Children and Adolescents was approved unanimously on September 25, 2014, by six committees of the Federal Senate. The legislation was drafted by the Mexican Executive Branch under President Enrique Peña Nieto, but it was significantly […]

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 […]