The KGF is pleased to invite you to a “Discussion About Allegations of Crimes Against Humanity & War Crimes in Mexico” tomorrow in The Hague, at 12:30.

Please see below for details about the discussion and its location.

Date: 20 September 2019
Time: 12:30
Location: Bezuidenhoutseweg 99A, 2594AC, The Hague, The Netherlands

"In December 2006, the former Mexican President declared a ‘war on drugs’, and launched a policy which intended to increase security of the State and its population. Yet, in reality, it has led to an escalation of violence and human rights abuses. With evidence emerging that the violations have become widespread and systematic, civil society has turned to the International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) on the understanding that Mexico may be experiencing crimes that fall within the Court’s jurisdiction.

On at least five occasions, different actors have submitted information to the Office of the Prosecutor (‘OTP’) of the ICC alleging the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Mexico. The information submitted to the ICC Prosecutor demonstrates that high-ranking officers, both civilian and military, were aware of the crimes that were being carried out and did not do anything to prevent them or bring those responsible to justice.

All this evidence should enable the ICC Prosecutor to announce the opening of a preliminary examination into the situation in Mexico, to assess the seriousness of the allegations. This would serve the broader interests of positive complementarity, namely encouraging States to meet their primary responsibility to investigate and prosecute crimes committed by high-level officials on their territory.

The main objective of this meeting is to discuss the alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes being committed in Mexico, and disseminate the information of the communications submitted to the ICC, among the delegations and NGOs present in The Hague.

Hope you can join us!"

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