CEC panel eyes citizen-complaint procedure


Three years ago, the Mexican nonprofit Commission for Solidarity and Defense of Human Rights filed a citizens’ complaint with the Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC), the tri-lateral agency created under a side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta). It charged Mexico was failing to enforce its environmental laws by allowing deforestation of the Sierra Tarahumara, in Chihuahua state. The CEC’s governing Council responded by approving the preparation of a factual record in the case. But from the Mexican group’s perspective, that was the welcome half of a good-news/bad-news outcome. The bad: The CEC took three years to agree to complete and publicize the investigation. Furthermore, the CEC’s citizens’ complaint process does not allow for mandatory remedies or sanctions... [Log in to read more]

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