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Jul 12, 2012 12:12 PM

Report challenges Mexico's choices in drug war

WASHINGTON (AP) - A congressional report says Mexico's reliance on the military to combat widespread drug violence has been largely ineffective and has led to increases in human rights violations.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee report did commend the administration of President Felipe Calderon for making progress in confronting organized crime bosses. The report, released Thursday, said that effort enjoys strong support from the Mexican people.

At the same time, however, Mexicans doubt that the government can crack down on violence that since December 2006 has led to more than 55,000 drug-related homicides. The report said many Mexicans have little faith in the police and judicial system due to systemic corruption and ineffectiveness.

The report recommends that Congress provide $250 million over four years to help Mexico speed up police and judicial reforms.

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