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Mexico: Promulgation of Federal Law on Confiscation of Assets

(June 10, 2009) On May 29, 2009, the Federal Law on Confiscation of Assets was published in Mexico's official gazette. The statute regulates article 22 of the Mexican Constitution on the issue of confiscation of assets that have been the object or result of a crime as well as those that are held or used […]

Mexico: New Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic

(June 9, 2009) On May 29, 2009, the Mexican government officially published the New Organic Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR), which entered into force the following day. Among other features, the statute establishes a new structure for the PGR and creates a system of regional coordinator administrative units […]

Mexico: Former President Cleared of Responsibility for 1968 Student Massacre

(Apr. 9, 2009) On March 26. 2009, a Mexican federal court exonerated former President Luís Echeverría Álvarez of all criminal responsibility for a massacre of students that occurred in Mexico City on October 2, 1968, when Echeverría was serving as Secretary of Interior, and ordered his immediate release. Echeverría had been under house arrest since […]

Mexico: Law on Database of Mobile (Cell) Phone Users

(Apr. 9, 2009) On April 10, 2009, an amendment to the Federal Act on Telecommunications that mandates telephone companies to create a National Registry of Mobile Phone Users, with the purpose of combating extortion, threats, kidnappings, or any grave offense related to organized crime, came into force. The legal reform, which was officially published in […]

Mexico: Mexico City Bill to Grant Guest Status to Migrants

(Apr. 9, 2009) It was reported on March 30, 2009, that Mexico City's Secretary of Rural Development and Equity for Communities, Rosa Márquez, has prepared a bill for passage of a Law on Hospitality and Attention to Migrants in the Federal District, which would grant foreigners or persons from other states of Mexico access to […]

Mexico; United States: Accord on Deportation

(Mar. 10, 2009) On February 6, 2009, the Mexican consuls in Little Rock, Dallas, and Kansas City and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency signed an Accord to Repatriate Mexican Nationals. (Firma de Arreglo Local de Repatriación a Nacionales Mexicanos, available in Spanish on the website of the Mexican consulate in Little Rock, http://portal.sre.gob.mx/littlerock/ […]

Mexico: General Act on National Public Security System

(Jan. 12, 2009) On January 1, 2009, President Felipe Calderón of Mexico signed into law the General Act on the National Public Security System. It came into force on January 3, the day after its official publication. The Act establishes mechanisms of coordination between the federal and state governments in combating crime and creates various […]

Mexico: Historic Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and Approval of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Bills

(Nov. 6, 2008) Three important bills – on the reform of Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), on renewable energy, and on sustainable energy – were recently approved by the Mexican Congress. They will become law after their official publication in DIARIO OFICIAL, the official gazette of the Federal Government of Mexico. In an address to […]

Mexico: Compensatory Quotas on Chinese Import Goods Eliminated

(Oct. 30, 2008) October 14, 2008, was the last day for the application of compensatory quotas that protected the Mexican industry from Chinese competition for a number of years. Effective October 15, 2008, Mexico eliminated compensatory quotas on 749 Chinese-imported products out of the total of 953 tariff items. Transitory measures are going to be […]