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Mexico: Congress to Hold Hearings on Marijuana Consumption and Legalization

(Feb. 3, 2016) The President of Mexico’s Permanent Commission of the Federal Congress, Jesús Zambrano, announced in late December 2015 that the two chambers of the Federal Congress would hold public hearings on the consumption of marijuana and related legal issues, including legalization, between January 25 and February 17, 2016. Both chambers agreed on November […]

Mexico: Program to Ensure “Friendly” Return of Migrants Announced

(Feb. 2, 2016) Mexican Chancellor Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the foreign relations Secretary, announced that Mexico will launch an Open Door Program of assistance to ensure the “friendly” return to and reintegration of Mexican migrants in the country. Ruiz Massieu made the announcement during a speech she delivered at the 27th Meeting of Mexican Ambassadors and […]

Guatemala: Congress Raises Marriage Age

(Jan. 11, 2016) A decree of November 2015 adopted by the Congress of Guatemala amended articles 81-84 and 177 of the country’s Civil Code on matters pertaining to the minimum legal age to marry. Under the amended article 81, the minimum marriage age is 18. Amended article 82 states, however, that as an exception and […]

Mexico: Chamber of Deputies Legislates to Regulate Political Asylum

(Oct. 23, 2014) The Mexican Chamber of Deputies has passed legal reforms to regulate the country’s handling of political asylum. The draft legislation, which was approved with 362 votes in favor, none against, and one abstention, changes the name of the Law on Refugees and Complementary Protection to the Law on Refugees, Complementary Protection, and […]

Central America: Plan to Curb Migration to the U.S.

(Oct. 16, 2014) On September 23, 2014, the Foreign Ministers of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras submitted to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a regional plan to boost economic growth in poor countries and thus slow the exodus of their citizens to the United States. (Centroamérica Presenta un Plan para Frenar el Éxodo de […]

Mexico: Temporary Visitor Permits Will Be Extended to Additional Central American Migrants

(Oct. 10, 2014) On September 9, 2014, Mexico’s Secretary of the Interior, Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, reported to Members of the Congress of the Union that Mexico plans to grant citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua regional visitor permits. Mexico has granted such permits since July to Guatemalans and Belizeans in order to regulate […]

Mexico: Senate Committees Approve Draft Legislation to Protect Children

(Oct. 6, 2014) Draft legislation to enhance legal protections of children by amending the General Law of the Rights of Children and Adolescents was approved unanimously on September 25, 2014, by six committees of the Federal Senate. The legislation was drafted by the Mexican Executive Branch under President Enrique Peña Nieto, but it was significantly […]

Mexico: Constitutional Right to Personal Identity

(Jul 11, 2014) On June 17, 2014, Mexico published an amendment to article 4 of the Constitution in the country’s official gazette. It stated: Every person has the right to identity and be registered immediately at birth. The State will guarantee the fulfillment of these rights. The competent authority will issue, without charge, the first […]

Mexico: Senate Passes New Electoral Offenses Law

(May 22, 2014) With 103 votes in favor and 2 abstentions, the Mexican Senate passed the draft new General Law on Matters of Electoral Crimes (Ley General en Materia de Delitos Electorales). The draft law provides penalties of up to 22 years in prison for certain crimes, and if passed it would be applied for […]

Haiti; Mexico: Presidents Discuss Bilateral Cooperation

(May 13, 2014) As part of the Mexico-CARICOM Summit and the Sixth Summit of the Association of the Caribbean States, held in the city of Mérida, Mexico, on April 30, 2014, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto had a working meeting with his counterpart from Haiti, Michel Martelly, in which they followed up on the bilateral […]