MexicoMay 2012 | Ratings Update
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Following the April 28 murder of well-known Mexican journalist, Regina Martínez, Mexico's Chamber of Deputies (lower house) has approved legislation protecting journalists, human rights workers and victims of crime. The new laws force Mexico's states to provide compensation of up to MXN934,000 to individuals who have either been victims of violence or abused by the authorities. Given both the high number of cartel-related deaths in recent years and the failure to define the term 'victim', we believe the laws will be nearly impossible to enforce such that they have little substantive impact.