U.S. President George W. Bush called Mexico’s president early Tuesday to discuss the recent International Court of Justice ruling that the United States violated the rights of more than 50 Mexicans on death row.
Human Rights Watch
The seven-minute conversation, part of the two leaders’ mutual promise to stay in close contact, also included discussions about the U.N. Human Rights Commission and reforms to the North American Development Bank.
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Mexican President Vicente Fox has pushed to make the United Nations stronger, so that it can help resolve international disputes.
The International Court of Justice, also known as the world court, ordered the United States to review the cases of more than 50 Mexicans on death row, but so far many U.S. states have shown no signs of complying.
The court ruled that the United States violated the rights of the Mexicans by denying them access to legal help from the Mexican government.
Fox, a strong opponent of the death penalty, has said he believes the United States will comply with the ruling.
Fox’s spokesman, Agustin Gutierrez, wouldn’t give more details of the conversation.
Fox and Bush met last month at Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas.