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The “heavy hand” error

The “heavy hand” error

The abuses are incompatible with the proclaimed peace, they say

It is undeniable that, despite the positive figures in the incidence of crime, there are important problems in the public security model of Yucatan, affirms the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy (Casede).

What is needed, he stresses, is a comprehensive security perspective that recognizes the importance of protecting and respecting human rights.

Representatives of the civil association stress that Yucatan has time to rethink its security model, without waiting for the situation to become dangerous as it has happened in Quintana Roo.

And in this rethinking, they emphasize, the participation of society is convenient and necessary.

These concepts are part of the issues addressed at the forum in which the document “Peace as a myth: the unsustainable model of public security in Yucatan” was presented last Tuesday in Mexico City.

At the forum, as we have already reported, Drs. Raúl Benítez Manaut, Sergio Aguayo Quezada and Jorge Fernández Mendiburu were speakers. The first two are members of Casede —Raúl Benítez is the president of the group— and the third is an advisor to Grupo Indignación and a professor at the Peninsular Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Sergio Aguayo said that security is very important to leave it only in the hands of police and prosecutors.

“I think they are making the mistake (in Yucatan) of other places, of disregarding the citizens and believing that a strong hand is enough…”, he pointed out. “It is very serious, the worst thing that can be done.”

The researcher from the College of Mexico added that good prosecutors and good police officers are needed, but also that business chambers, universities, civil society organizations and citizens in general assume their role of monitoring the pieces of the police apparatus.


In the analysis, of which we have published extensive details, the following comments are made after reviewing the situation around security:

—In this working document we have reviewed elements that demystify the peace discourse used by the Yucatan government to legitimize its security strategy. The case that has caused the most notoriety is that of José Eduardo Ravelo (Echevarría, a young man who died days after being detained by agents of the Mérida Municipal Police).

—Human rights violations and the repression of social protest are incompatible with this discourse. These illegal actions are not necessary to guarantee peace.

Ignored factors

—The case of Yucatan shows that (those actions) are not enough either: peace in the state is fragile and there are indicators of decomposition that are currently ignored by local authorities.

—Consequently, although in relative terms its peace rates may lead to seeing Yucatan as a model in terms of security, much more attention should be paid to what happens in that state.

double trouble

—There are few sources of official information on human rights violations, which shows a double problem.

a) First, there is no institutional will to document and account for human rights violations in the exercise of public security functions.

b) On the other hand, the lack of clear and up-to-date data prevents the dimensioning of the problem and the taking of measures to act accordingly.

—It is worrying that the authorities have not recognized that there is an institutional problem in the public security corporations in the State.

—The state government, the local Congress and the Human Rights Commission of the State of Yucatan frequently use euphemisms to ignore or evade responsibility when a case of police violence becomes public.

—Be it due to lack of training or awareness, not mentioning torture, arbitrary and/or illegal detentions, as well as deaths in custody, implies that reparations for victims and sanctions for those responsible do not meet their objectives.

—Thanks to the work of journalists and the media, as well as civil society organizations, activists and victims, public, serious and objective discussions have been triggered about the reality of Yucatan in terms of security.

—There is an outstanding debt from academic institutions and other sectors, such as Bar Associations.

failed premise

At the beginning of the analysis, it is pointed out that the purpose of the document is to show that, when analyzed carefully, the case of Yucatán shows that the premise that good results are important, “regardless of any other consideration”, is incompatible with a authentic peacebuilding policy.— ÁNGEL NOH ESTRADA

Security Details

More details on the analysis of the Yucatan public security model:

something inconsistent

The purpose of the document is to show that, when analyzed carefully, the case of Yucatan shows that the premise that good results are important, “regardless of any other consideration”, is incompatible with an authentic peacebuilding policy, says the Collective for the Analysis of Security with Democracy.

A myth that falls

It is emphasized that human rights violations by the police demystify the peace discourse promoted by the Yucatecan government, “which has been unreservedly endorsed by the president (Andrés Manuel López Obrador)”.

speech and reality

The text also says that the argument that these violations inhibit the commission of other crimes is not supported by the available evidence. The statistics reflect another reality.

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