Rosario Piedra vs. lawmakers

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Rosario Piedra vs. lawmakers
Rosario Piedra is the head of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) - Photo: Carlos Mejía/EL UNIVERSAL
English 13/09/2020 09:47 Mexico City Off the Record Actualizada 09:52
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Rosario Piedra vs. lawmakers

Rosario Piedra, the head of the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH), can no longer avoid the media like she did last Thursday when she visited the Senate. Sources said that on Monday, Piedra Ibarra will participate in a virtual meeting with members of the Human Rights Commission at the lower chamber. Insiders said several opposition lawmakers will question the head of the CNDH regarding her administration, especially in connection with the occupation of the CNDH offices in Mexico City. Nevertheless, what Rosario Piedra could do is avoid questions and hide behind Morena lawmakers, just like she did at the Senate. 

What’s going on at the MEIF?

When the federal government created the Extraordinary Forensic Identification Mechanism (MEIF), everything was positive in its relationship with victims’ families; however, sources said the MEIF was not included in the 2021 Budget. This upset NGOs, who now think the MEIF may be an illusion and may not have resources to operate. Experts say the Interior Ministry may allocate resources for the mechanism; nevertheless, this would contradict what Olga Sánchez Cordero said on December 5, 2019, when she promised the MEIF would have unlimited resources. 

Ministers sell lottery tickets

Although the presidential plane raffle is a few days away, the federal government has yet to sell all the lottery tickets. The Mexican government is so desperate to sell tickets that Labor Minister Luisa María Alcalde asked people to purchase tickets during a press conference, and she even explained the benefits of purchasing lottery tickets.  

The FCE & marijuana

All the bookstores under the Economic Culture Fund (FCE) have organized discussions to promote a comic titled “Marijuana for Beginners,” in collaboration with senator Jesusa Rodríguez, and the Hemispheric Institute (Instituto Hemisférico). The comic was published in 2019, and it aims to demystify the use of marijuana. Sources said Paco Ignacio Taibo II’s priorities are clear. 

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