Marcelo Ebrard es nombrado "persona del año" por la demanda del Gobierno mexicano contra los fabricantes de armas estadounidenses

The US Arms Control Association named Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard “person of the year” for the lawsuit filed by the Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador against 11 US arms companies, which accused of promoting negligent practices with devastating consequences in the violence that Mexico is experiencing.

In a press release, the executive director of the Arms Control Association, Daryl G. Kimball, stressed that the lawsuit filed by the Mexican Foreign Ministry before the Federal Court of the District of Massachusetts contributes to “holding dishonest actors responsible for their role in the violence caused by small arms trafficking across international borders”.

After the appointment was made official, Ebrard published a message on his Twitter account, in which he highlighted the work carried out by the legal team of the Foreign Ministry and thanked “to those who voted for Mexico to make it possible“.

Meanwhile, Kimball pointed out that the contest, in which thousands of people from a dozen countries voted, “is a reminder” of the different ways in which individuals and organizations can contribute “to face the difficult challenges of arms control of today and for decades to come.

Negligent Practices Litigation

In the litigation presented before the Federal Court of Massachusetts, Mexico accused the American arms manufacturers of incurring in “negligent practices in the design, advertising and sale of weapons, which includes the lack of background checks on buyers, who often resort to proxies.

The poor controls would be related to the increase in violence in the Latin American nation, since these weapons end up in the hands of criminal organizations in Mexico.

Thousands of people are killed in Mexico with firearms trafficked from the US: Who are the culprits?

According to an analysis by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), between 2014 and 2018, seven out of ten weapons that were recovered at a crime scene by authorities in Mexico, and sent back to the agency for analysis, had their origen en EE.UU.

Along with the ongoing litigation, on December 22, the Security Council of the United Nations Organization (UN) approved a resolution presented by Mexico, in which the member countries condemn illicit arms trafficking in the world, by representing threats to international peace and security.

In the declaration, the nations pledged to jointly secure their borders and exchange information on arms traffickers and the routes they use to transport them.

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