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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 […]

Mexico: Federal Congress Initiates Current Session with a Heavy Legislative Agenda

(Feb. 14, 2014) The two Houses of Mexico’s Congress have started their new period of regular sessions with a heavy load of proposed amendments to secondary legislation derived from constitutional changes approved in 2013. The Senate has before it at least 73 suggested reforms to secondary legislation, and according to the analysis of parliamentary coordinators, […]

Mexico: Constitutional Amendment on Energy

(Feb. 12, 2014) In December 2013, the Mexican government approved an amendment to a number of provisions on energy in the country’s Constitution. (Decreto por el que se Reforman y Adicionan Diversas Disposiciones de la Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos, en Materia de Energía [Decree that Amends Provisions of Mexico’s Constitution Concerning Energy], […]

Mexico: National Code of Penal Procedure Approved

(Feb. 11, 2014) The Chamber of Deputies of the Federal Congress of Mexico approved a new National Code of Penal Procedure on February 5, 2014, after three hours of debate by seven parliamentary groups. There were 407 votes in favor of the new law, 28 against, and five abstentions. With this new Code there is […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Federal Penal Reform on Pardons

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Mexican government recently promulgated a decree adding a new article to the Federal Penal Code. Article 97 Bis provides that the Mexican President may, exceptionally, by his own initiative or at the request of one of the chambers of the federal Congress, grant a pardon (indulto) for any federal or common […]

Mexico; United States: Agreement on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Mexican National Banking and Security Commission (CNBV) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) for the exchange of information on money laundering and terrorism financing. (Mexico y EU Firman Acuerdo Sobre Lavado de Dinero, EL UNIVERSAL (Oct. 30, 2013).) The CNBV stated that the main […]