U.S., Mexican presidents discuss world court ruling against U.S. death penalty cases

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.

America vs. Human Rights

“The United States has long regarded itself as a beacon of human rights, as evidenced by an enlightened constitution, judicial independence, and a civil society grounded in strong traditions of free speech and press freedom. But the reality is more complex; for decades, civil rights and civil liberties groups have exposed constitutional violations and challenged abusive policies and practices. In recent years, as well, international human rights monitors have documented serious gaps in U.S. protections of the human rights of vulnerable groups. Both federal and state governments have nonetheless resisted applying to the U.S. the standards that, rightly, the U.S. applies elsewhere.”
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.

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.

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Apr. 13, 2004

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