Country's Judges Feel Unsafe (El Sol de Tijuana, 11/6/12 by Martha Elva Gonzalez)

México City - Insecurity, violence and organized crime that face the country have forced the Suprema Corte of Justice of the Nation (SCJN) to sign an agreement with the Federal Police to request the support of the Mexican Army. "For the protection of judges, because they no longer jave enough of them as his 'guardian angel' and do not want to know the expression of lead or silver of criminals, but the judges have had been very, very brave facing their functions with autonomy and independence", said its President, Minister Juan Silva Meza.

In press conference organized by the Suprema Corte, a constitutional and regional World Summit will be held on November 8 and 9. The President of the Council of the Federal Judiciary (CJF) also acknowledged that the Supreme Court has risks in areas of the country. They have to be protected by their staff, armored vehicles, more escorts and special schedules. This is especially for women.

With the accompaniment of the Mexican army in certain proceedings, "The work of the judges becomes a very complicated matter in situations presented by the country’s present insecurity, violence and organized crime. It is real, certain, something not seen in the last 10 years. Judges have greater protection than from a "guardian angel". In recent years, it has not been enough."

Minister Silva Meza asked, "How do judges face it?” “Let me say that we have judges who are very brave, we have many cases where they have faced difficult situations and are still facing them, asserting their autonomy and independence. However, know this, of organized crime’s expression lead or silver, the SCN is well aware and participates with much help from the President of the Suprema Corte, who also chairs the CJF. Through great logic while units talk on these topics, representatives of the Ministers make proposals on national security".

"Armored vehicles, not for all of the judges, are now available in certain areas of the country, if necessary. They even have bodyguards through a signed agreement with the Federal Police, to provide escorts for required cases. Many times, they are temporary after the event of a threat. In addition, in transit after threat repetition is not uncommon, however, we have events that generate requests, including for the Mexican army, at any given time, to accompany a judge when issuing a resolution. Today there is much violence in the judiciary (CJF). We have taken decisions to modify working hours. There are places in the Mexican Republic, in which some courts interrupt their work to protect women judges".

At the Mexico headquarters for the first World Summit, the President of the Suprema Corte reported more than 30 Presidents of Supreme courts, constitutional agencies of Justice of four continents, as well as Presidents and representatives of courts for inter-American (IACHR), African, and European human rights and international justice will participate.

He said the Suprema Corte proposed this multinational dialogue to address common challenges in the implementation of international law in the field of human rights and that it was jointly convened with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights, Navi Pillay. He added, "It is an unprecedented event, coming on November 8 and 9 for the first time in Mexico". He also pointed out that the meeting seeks to contribute to the debate and reflect on the strengthening of human rights in the world, as well as the common problems to enforce.


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