(CNN Spanish) — The Mexican Chamber of Deputies approved extending the participation of the Armed Forces in public security tasks until 2028. The measure is promoted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
The project was approved this Thursday in general and in particular with 339 votes in favor, 155 against and two abstentions. The decision is sent to the legislatures of the states and to the Congress of Mexico City for their consideration. Once ratified, it will return to the Chamber of origin, which will issue the declaration of constitutional reform and send it to the Executive for promulgation and publication.
The reform had been approved by the Senate on October 4.
“The opinion indicates that the permanent Armed Forces will carry out public security tasks with their organization and means, and must be trained in the civil police doctrine established in article 21 of the Political Constitution,” the Chamber of Deputies said in a statement.
They clarified that their actions “in no case” will replace the civil authorities of other orders of government or exempt said authorities from their responsibilities.
Organizations such as Amnesty International consider that “militarizing public security will generate more human rights violations and perpetuate impunity” in the country.
López Obrador defended the proposal, arguing that more time is needed to consolidate the National Guard and that the objective is to guarantee “the main human right, which is the right to life.”
The National Guard was created by the current government in 2019 with the aim of fighting organized crime.