Red Cross officials give Mexican police human rights training

June 13, 2008 01:10

An official says the International Red Cross is training Mexico's federal police to respect human rights in its fight against organized crime. Public Safety Secretary Genaro Garcia says his department and the International Red Cross Committee signed an agreement Thursday to work together over the next two years to guarantee human rights are respected. Thousands of federal police and soldiers have been sent to drug hotspots as part of President Felipe Calderon's fight against organized crime. Most complaints of alleged abuses in the drug fight have been against the military. But a Supreme Court commission recently found federal police used excessive force against protesters in 2006 in San Salvador Atenco.

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