U.S. Violated Mexicans’ Rights

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – The International Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that the United States violated the rights of 51 Mexicans on death row and ordered their cases be reviewed.


The United Nations’ highest judiciary, also known as the world court, was considering a suit filed by Mexico claiming 52 convicted murderers weren’t given their right to assistance from their government.


“The U.S. should provide by means of its own choosing meaningful review of the conviction and sentence” of the Mexicans, presiding judge Shi Jiuyong said.


Shi said the review, in all but three cases, could be carried out under the normal appeals process in the United States.


But for three men whose have already exhausted all other appeals, the court said the United States should make an exception and review their cases one last time.


The court found that in the remaining case, the convict had received his rights and his case didn’t need to be reviewed.


At the heart of the Mexico-U.S. case is the 1963 Vienna Convention, which guarantees people accused of a serious crime while in a foreign country the right to contact their own government for help and that they be informed of that right by arresting authorities.


The world court is charged with resolving disputes between nations and has jurisdiction over the treaty. It found that U.S. authorities hadn’t properly informed the 51 men of their rights when they realized they were foreigners.


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