Mexico: Organised Crime

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 2nd November 2022.

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Photo of Fabian Hamilton Fabian Hamilton Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his Mexican counterpart on reports that Mexican military intelligence documents made public by hacking group Guacamaya has revealed that one or multiple organised crime groups were operating in 72 percent of Mexican territory in the last year.

Photo of David Rutley David Rutley Assistant Whip (HM Treasury), Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

The UK Government regularly discusses the security situation with the Mexican Government at senior level, most recently in the former Minister for the America's meeting with the Ambassador of Mexico on 18 October. Organised crime groups in Mexico have proliferated in recent years and are geographically concentrated, which leads to their competing for territory and an increase in levels of violence in some areas. We assess that organised crime groups have been implicated in numerous killings, acting with impunity and at times in collusion with federal, state and local security officials. The UK has supported the Mexican Government's efforts to tackle the underlying security and justice issues as well as addressing impunity and corruption.

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