Complaints Against Mexican Soldiers Increase

POSTED: Monday, March 30, 2009 - 8:33am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm

Complaints against soldiers in Mexico are rising dramatically according to a civil rights group. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says complaints have increased six-fold. They say reports went up from 182 in 2006 to more than 1, 200 in 2008. The complaints range from illegal searches to heavy-handed treatment of detainees. Mexican President Felipe Calderon defends the soldiers, citing the drop in drug-related violence since their deployment in February.

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