UN official says Mexico must withdraw troops from streets

 Zeid said better police forces have to be trained before Mexico’s army withdraws or the military will leave a vacuum.
Zeid said better police forces have to be trained before Mexico’s army withdraws or the military will leave a vacuum.

By Mark Stevenson / AP

The United Nations’ top human rights official is calling on the Mexican government to set a timetable for withdrawing military personnel from law enforcement duties and replacing them with well-trained police.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein said Wednesday that the government should return soldiers to their barracks because military forces aren’t designed to do police work.

It “has to be driven by a sense of real urgency, real urgency. It’s not something that can wait endless months,” he said.

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