Chamber of Deputies Legislates to Regulate Political Asylum (Oct. 23, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

The Mexican Chamber of Deputies has passed legal reforms to regulate the country's handling of political asylum. The draft legislation, which was approved with 362 votes ...

Topic: Asylum
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Plan to Curb Migration to the U.S. (Oct. 16, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Immigration; International affairs
Jurisdiction: Central America

Temporary Visitor Permits Will Be Extended to Additional Central American Migrants (Oct. 10, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Border security; Undocumented immigrants; Visas and passports
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Senate Committees Approve Draft Legislation to Protect Children (Oct. 06, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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, ...

Topic: Children's rights; Crimes against children; Sex offenses; Telecommunications
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Constitutional Right to Personal Identity (Jul. 11, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

On June 17, 2014, Mexico published an amendment to article 4 of the Constitution in the country's official gazette. It stated:

Topic: Birth certificates and registration; Constitution
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Senate Passes New Electoral Offenses Law (May. 22, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation (May. 13, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

As part of the Mexico-CARICOM Summit and the Sixth Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, held in the city of M;rida, Mexico, on April ...

Topic: Foreign aid; Foreign trade and international finance; International affairs
Jurisdiction: Haiti; Mexico

President Promulgates Electoral Political Reform (Mar. 31, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

On February 10, 2014, a decree published in Mexico's federal gazette amended, added, and repealed many provisions of 31 articles of the Mexican Constitution that affect ...

Topic: Constitution; Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Draft Legislation on Economic Competition Law (Feb. 26, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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, ...

Topic: Competition and antitrust; Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Federal Senate Approves of Law Against Human Trafficking (Feb. 24, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Reaffirmation of and Agreement to Strengthen Ties (Feb. 24, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance; International affairs; National security; Treaties and International Agreements; Treaties and International Agreements/Aviation
Jurisdiction: Canada; Mexico

Trade Protocol Signed (Feb. 18, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

The President of Mexico, Enrique Peandntilde;a Nieto, with his counterparts the Presidents of Colombia, Chile, and Peru, signed an Additional Protocol to the Framework Agreement for ...

Topic: Treaties and International Agreements/World Trade
Jurisdiction: Chile; Colombia; Mexico; Peru

Senate Approves Penalty of Up to 60 Years of Imprisonment for Terrorists (Feb. 18, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

The full Federal Senate of Mexico overwhelmingly approved draft legislation submitted by President Enrique Peandntilde;a Nieto to increase penalties to up to 60 years in prison ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Federal Senators Seek Transparency of Allocated Financial Resources (Feb. 18, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

Senators of Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Institucional, PRI), National Action Party (Partido Accion Nacional, PAN), Party of the Democratic Revolution (Partido de la Revolucion ...

Topic: Campaign finance; Legislative elections; Political parties and affiliations
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Federal Congress Initiates Current Session with a Heavy Legislative Agenda (Feb. 14, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Bills and resolutions; Legislative bodies
Jurisdiction: Mexico

National Code of Penal Procedure Approved (Feb. 11, 2014) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Criminal procedure
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Government Promulgates Federal Penal Reform on Pardons (Nov. 08, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

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, ...

Topic: Criminal procedure; Executive powers
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Agreement on Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (Nov. 08, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Organized crime
Jurisdiction: Mexico; United States

Relationship Re-Launched, Agreements Signed (Nov. 08, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

The foreign secretaries of Mexico and Cuba announced the re-launch of relations between the two countries and the strengthening of trade, financial, and other cooperation agreements. ...

Topic: Foreign Trade and International Finance; Foreign exchange; Foreign investments; International Affairs
Jurisdiction: Cuba; Mexico

70% of Debt Forgiven (Nov. 08, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

The Mexican Sectary of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP), Luis Videgaray, reported that the Mexican Government will forgive payment of 70% of Cuba's debt to Mexico, ...

Topic: Government lending and loan guarantees; International Affairs
Jurisdiction: Cuba; Mexico

Secretary of the Economy Calls for Second Phase of Integration of NAFTA (Oct. 31, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

According to the news agency Notimex, the Mexican Secretary of the Economy, Ildefonso Guajardo, stressed the importance of updating and modernizing trade agreements, in order to ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Educational Reform (Sep. 30, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

President Enrique Peandntilde;a Nieto of Mexico promulgated a decree on September 11, 2013, that extensively amends the General Law on Education. He also promulgated other secondary ...

Topic: Education
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Chamber of Deputies Approves Financial Reform (Sep. 30, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

On September 7, 2013, the Chamber of Deputies, one of the houses of Mexico's Federal Congress, approved on the whole the financial reform package sent to ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Mexico

New Amparo Law is Enacted (Apr. 30, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

On April 2, 2013, the Mexican Executive Branch officially published a Decree in the Diario Oficial of the Federation (the official gazette) promulgating the ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Mexico

New Gendarmerie to Begin in Late 2013 (Apr. 30, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

Members of the armed forces have begun the selection and training of officers for a new federal police force in

Topic: Police power
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Agreement Against Organized Crime and Terrorism (Apr. 24, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

During his recent visit to Japan, on April 8, 2013, Mexican President Enrique Peandntilde;a Nieto and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe signed an agreement of cooperation ...

Topic: Terrorism
Jurisdiction: Japan; Mexico

PRI Senators Propose Military Reform (Apr. 23, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

The Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) presented a bill in the Mexican Congress to ensure the presumption of innocence of the members of the military forces who ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Agreement on Trade Balance and Oil (Apr. 23, 2013) by Norma Gutierrez

Mexican President Enrique Peandntilde;a Nieto, during his recent trip to Sanya, China, on April 6, 2013, ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: China; Mexico

Federal Tribunal Approves Extradition of (Jun. 19, 2012) by Norma Gutierrez

On June 7, 2012, a Mexican federal tribunal authorized the extradition to the United States of Sandra andAacute;vila Beltrandaacute;n, known as the "Queen of the Pacific," ...

Topic: Extradition
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Extradition Treaty Ratified (Jun. 19, 2012) by Norma Gutierrez

Marisella Morales, the Attorney General of the Mexican Republic, and China's ambassador to Mexico, Zeng Gang, exchanged the documents of ratification on the extradition treaty between ...

Topic: Extradition
Jurisdiction: China; Mexico

Federal Government Regulates Use of Force by Military and Police (May. 10, 2012) by Norma Gutierrez

The Federal Government of Mexico announced on April 23, 2012, the entry into force of rules for the use of public force in operations against criminal ...

Topic: Police power
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Senate Committees Approve Reform of Military Trial Jurisdiction (May. 10, 2012) by Norma Gutierrez

It was reported on April 20, 2012, that the key Senate committees of Mexico's national legislature, the Congress of the Union, have approved amendments to the ...

Topic: Armed forces and national security
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Economic Agreement Amended (Mar. 06, 2012) by Norma Gutierrez

During a recent visit to Japan, Mexico's Secretary of Economy, Bruno Ferrari, and his Japanese counterpart signed an amendment to the Economic Partnership Agreement between the ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Japan; Mexico

China Proposes FTA with Mexico (Jan. 27, 2012) by Norma Gutierrez

China is seeking a free trade agreement with Mexico in order to ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Trade Agreement Reached with Central American Countries (Dec. 21, 2011) by Norma Gutierrez

On December 5, 2011, the Presidents of Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras and the Secretaries of Foreign Relations of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Costa Rica signed a ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Decriminalization of Defamation, Libel, and Slander (Dec. 20, 2011) by Norma Gutierrez

With 81 votes in favor, zero against, and no abstentions, the Mexican Senate in plenary session approved the repeal of articles 1 and 31 of the ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Tourism Agreement (Nov. 23, 2011) by Norma Gutierrez

The Mexican Secretary of Tourism, Gloria Guevara Manzano, and the Ambassador of Israel to Mexico, Rodica Radian Gordon, signed a Tourism Cooperation Agreement on November 3, ...

Topic: International exchanges
Jurisdiction: Israel; Mexico

Economy Secretariat Accuses China of Unfair Trade Practices (Nov. 23, 2011) by Norma Gutierrez

The Secretariat of Economy of Mexico has continued to criticize before the World Trade Organization (WTO) China's trade practices deemed detrimental to fair and equitable competition. ...

Topic: Foreign trade and international finance
Jurisdiction: Mexico; World Trade Organization

Constitutional Reforms on Expulsion of Foreigners (Aug. 08, 2011) by Norma Gutierrez

On June 10, 2011, Mexico issued a decree amending article 33 of the country's Constitution, an old provision from 1917 that granted the President "the exclusive ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Constitutional Reforms to Fight Human Trafficking (Jul. 25, 2011) by Norma Gutierrez

On July 14, 2011, Mexican President Felipe de Jesanduacute;s Calderon Hinojosa issued a decree to amend articles 19, 20, and 73 of the Federal Constitution. Under ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Mexico

New Anti-Kidnapping Law Promulgated (Dec. 08, 2010) by Norma Gutierrez

The General Law to Prevent and Punish Crimes of Kidnapping was officially published in Mexico's federal gazette on November 30, 2010, and it will come into ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Law Allowing Personal Drug Use and Against Small-Scale Drug Trafficking (Sep. 04, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

On August 20, 2009, the Mexican government officially published a new decree amending the General Law on Health and the Federal Penal Code and the Code ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement; Drug trafficking
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Reform to Protect Financial Consumers Promulgated (Jul. 09, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

On June 25, 2009, the Federal Government of Mexico promulgated a decree on a package of financial reforms prepared last December but deadlocked for the first ...

Topic: Banks and financial institutions
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Promulgation of Federal Law on Confiscation of Assets (Jun. 10, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

New Law of the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (Jun. 09, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Government
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Agreement on Biofuels Signed (Apr. 13, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

On March 16, 2009, Presidents Manuel Zelaya of Honduras and Alvaro Uribe of Colombia signed a complementary agreement to the Basic Technical Cooperation Agreement of 1980, ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: Colombia; Honduras

Former President Cleared of Responsibility for 1968 Student Massacre (Apr. 09, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

On March 26. 2009, a Mexican federal court exonerated former President Luis Echeverria andAacute;lvarez of all criminal responsibility for a massacre of students that occurred in ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Law on Database of Mobile (Cell) Phone Users (Apr. 09, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

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 ...

Topic: Communications
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Mexico City Bill to Grant Guest Status to Migrants (Apr. 09, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

It was reported on March 30, 2009, that Mexico City's Secretary of Rural Development and Equity for Communities, Rosa Mandaacute;rquez, has prepared a bill for passage ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Deputies Approve Bill Prohibiting Government Officials from Earning More Than the President (Apr. 07, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

It was reported on March 31, 2009, that Mexico's Chamber of Deputies has approved a bill, entitled the Maximum Salaries Law, with 365 votes in favor, ...

Topic: Officials and employees
Jurisdiction: Mexico

General Act on National Public Security System (Jan. 12, 2009) by Norma Gutierrez

On January 1, 2009, President Felipe Calderon of Mexico signed into law the General Act on the National Public Security System. It came into force on ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Historic Reform of Petróleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) and Approval of Renewable and Sustainable Energy Bills (Nov. 06, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

Three important bills on the reform of Reform of Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX), on renewable energy, and on sustainable energy were recently approved by the ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Compensatory Quotas on Chinese Import Goods Eliminated (Oct. 30, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

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. ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Supreme Court Dismisses Constitutional Challenge to Electoral Reform (Oct. 08, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

It was reported on October 3, 2008, that the Supreme Court of Mexico (known as the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation) decided that it ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Amendments to Rules of Procedure for Review of Unfair Trade Practices (Oct. 07, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

On September 15, 2008, the Mexican Government published extensive amendments to the rules of procedure that govern the process of ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Historic Anti-Crime Agreement Signed (Sep. 10, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

Representatives of the three branches of the Mexican government, the 31 state governors, the mayor of Mexico City, labor union representatives, church representatives, business representatives, and ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

CAFTA Coming into Effect (Sep. 10, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

A high-ranking official in Costa Rica's Office of the Presidency, Rodrigo Arias, estimated that the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (US-CAFTA) will enter into effect in ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Costa Rica; United States

Judicial Reform Enacted (Jul. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

President Felipe Calderon of Mexico signed a decree on June 17, 2008, enacting constitutional amendments reforming the criminal justice and public security systems; the decree was ...

Topic: Constitution
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Refugee Legislation Approved (Jul. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

Twenty-eight years after acceding to the United Nations Convention on Refugees, on June 5, 2008, Nicaragua approved the Law on Protection of Refugees. The legislature passed ...

Topic: Immigration and nationality
Jurisdiction: Nicaragua

New Import Rules for Passengers (Jun. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

According to the General Rules on Matters of Foreign Trade for 2008 that were published officially in the Mexican federal official gazette on April 30, 2008, ...

Topic: Customs enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Congress Passes Reform to Tax Free Zones Law (Jun. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

On April 30, 2008, the Guatemalan Congress approved a reform to the Organic Law on Tax Free Zones, Zona de Libre Industria y Comercio Santo Tomandaacute;s ...

Topic: Taxation
Jurisdiction: Guatemala

Supreme Court Upholds Gasoline and Diesel Tax (Jun. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

Mexico's Supreme Court of Justice validated most of the fiscal reform package, known as the gasolinazo, ";gasoline boom,"; on May 12, 2008. The Court upheld the ...

Topic: Transportation and public works
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Energy Reform Bill Submitted (Apr. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

President Felipe Calderon submitted an energy reform bill to the Mexican Congress on April 9, 2008. In a broadcast address to the nation, he pointed out ...

Topic: Energy
Jurisdiction: Mexico

New Electoral Code (Mar. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

The Mexican Government officially published a new federal electoral law on January 14, 2008. The Federal Code of Electoral Institutions and Procedures (COFIPE) supersedes the Code ...

Topic: Elections and politics
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Law on National Symbols Amended (Mar. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

An amendment to Mexico's Law on the Coat of Arms, the Flag, and the National Anthem that was passed in January of 2008 mandates that under ...

Topic: Citizenship and nationality
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Presidents Sign Customs Union Agreement (Mar. 02, 2008) by Norma Gutierrez

The presidents of the five Central American republics that make up the Central American Integration System (SICA) signed an agreement in Guatemala City, on December 12, ...

Topic: Commerce
Jurisdiction: Central America

Government Promulgates Law Against Human Trafficking (Dec. 02, 2007) by Norma Gutierrez

The Mexican Federal Government promulgated the Law to Prevent and Punish Trade in People on November 27, 2007, effective the same day, its official date of ...

Topic: Human trafficking
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Memorandum of Understanding on Exchange of Criminal Information (Nov. 02, 2007) by Norma Gutierrez

On September 19, 2007, Mexico and the United States signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate in areas of training and exchange of information on criminal ...

Topic: Crime and law enforcement
Jurisdiction: Mexico; United States

Fiscal Reform Measures Published in Federal Official Gazette (Nov. 02, 2007) by Norma Gutierrez

On October 1, 2007, the Mexican government officially published a fiscal reform package to increase the government's revenue. The fiscal laws amended are: the Income Tax ...

Topic: Economics and Public Finance
Jurisdiction: Mexico

Cooperation Agreement (Nov. 02, 2007) by Norma Gutierrez

The Cuban Minister of Foreign Investment and Economic Cooperation, Martha Lomas, and the Honduran Minister for Technical Matters and International Cooperation, Karen Zelaya, recently signed an ...

Topic: International affairs
Jurisdiction: Cuba; Honduras