US Congress Members Demand Full Review of Security Aid to Mexico, Victims’ and Rights Groups Call to Divert Drug War Aid to Disaster Relief

US Congress Members Call for “full review of U.S. assistance to Mexico” in light of “violence and corruption related to war on drugs”. Post-earthquake, Mexican rights organizations demand drug war funding be diverted to disaster relief

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives called on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to “conduct a full review of U.S. assistance to Mexico and push for a comprehensive investigation of flagrant human rights abuses”. The letter, signed by eleven members and led by Reps. Earl Blumenauer (OR), Mark Pocan (WI) and Raúl Grijalva (AZ), asserts that “there is ample evidence that militarization of the fight against drug trafficking has led to an increase in violence and corruption” and states that the U.S.” should assume responsibility for its drug consumption, and focus on treatment and prevention at home, and develop an approach to target cartels’ financial structures.”

The letter was released the day before a devastating earthquake struck central Mexico. The second to hit the country, the earthquake leveled buildings in Mexico City and the states of Morelos, Puebla and Mexico, adding to destruction in the southern Mexico states of Oaxaca and Chiapas. The government estimates that 250,000 people were left homeless and reconstruction costs will be at least $2.5 billion dollars.

Leaders of Mexican human rights and victims’ organizations welcomed the letter and, in the context of the disaster, called for the U.S. governmen

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