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Mexico: Historic Anti-Crime Agreement Signed

(Sept. 10, 2008) Representatives of the three branches of the Mexican government, the 31 state governors, the mayor of Mexico City, labor union representatives, church representatives, business representatives, and leaders of civil organizations and the media, signed the National Security, Justice and Legality Agreement at the National Palace on August 21, 2008. The Agreement is made up of 75 different commitments to fight a war against organized crime, with set deadlines for compliance. President Felipe Calderón stated that the Agreement does not “constitute a letter of good intentions” as the “document includes public policies for crime prevention, the administration of justice and social [rehabilitation].” (Sergio Jiménez & Silvia Otero, Pacto Anticrimen, EL UNIVERSAL, Aug. 22, 2008, available at; Press Release, President of the Republic, Historic Security, Justice and Legality Agreement Signed (Aug. 21, 2008), available at