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Mexico passes law to compensate crime victims

Publish date: 03 May 2012
Issue Number: 3026
Diary: Legalbrief Today
Category: Legislation

Members of Congress in Mexico have unanimously approved a Bill which will provide compensation to the victims of organised crime.

A BBC News report notes that the law will create a national body to record such crimes as kidnapping and forced disappearances. It will also oversee legal, medical and financial support to crime victims. About 50 000 people have died in drug-related violence since President Felipe Calderon began deploying soldiers to fight organised crime in 2006. Under the law, relatives of people who have been killed or forcibly disappeared can claim for compensation, as well as those who have been kidnapped or wounded as a result of organised crime. The law will also apply to victims of human rights abuses carried out by the security forces. The law has been passed by the Senate and will now go to President Calderon, who has already expressed his support for the initiative. Full BBC News report