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Although the article does not focus on it, the U.S. relationship to these countries, by providing military and police aid and selling arms, not only further legitimizes the regimes, but also has the potential to facilitate their abuses.

While U.S. firearms trafficked into Mexico have fueled bloodshed, it seems that German rifles are also reaching Mexico illegally and playing a destructive role. According to an official report, a German gun company has been illegally transferring thousands of G36 rifles to four prohibited states in Mexico.

This post was compiled by WOLA Intern Caroline Buhse. 

  • Barbados, Belize, Colombia, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, and Panama, April - October: 
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Over the weekend, Mexico held mid-term political elections that will likely be remembered more for the related violence than the candidates’ platforms.

The Mexican Federal Police, Mexico’s primary public security institution, does not have a public manual on the use-of-force, meaning no current standards define when a member of the police can use force, including lethal, on another person. 

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