Contempt for international law, as evidenced by the execution of Leal García reflects growing anti-Mexican feeling in the United StatesWhen a prisoner
Mexican national executed in the United States, anti-American sentiment by many Mexicans are awake. He is regarded as a fresh insult added to a long chain of historical grievances. This is the case of Humberto Leal García, who was executed on July 7.
Leal García, 38, born in Monterrey, in the border state of Nuevo Leon, was sentenced to death by lethal injection after being convicted of raping and killing Adriana Sauceda, a boy 16 years of age in San Antonio, Texas, May 21, 1994.
The White House, State Department, the Organization of American States Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the governments of Brazil and Switzerland, and the Mexican authorities, all asked Texas Governor Rick Perry stay the execution. However, the Texas Board of Pardons unanimously refused to grant mercy.
Leal sets a precedent for the disregard of international law by U.S. courts. It is known that in March 2004, the International Court of Justice ordered a review of 51 cases of Mexicans sentenced - Loyal included - sentenced to death at the border, claiming that his rights under the Vienna Convention had been violated. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Congress had not passed legislation requiring states to comply with international treaties. Texas, refused to stay the execution of foreigners, saying that no international court can take the place of the state or U.S. law.Within this climate, dozens of crimes committed against Mexico by agents of the U.S. border. On the U.S. side, the Border Patrol agents shot dead Mexicans in their own country. The murders go unpunished, and complaints from Mexican officials in Washington are in vain. According to the UN special rapporteur on human rights of migrants, Jorge Bustamante, "the practice of the United States do not recognize the incident as a government responsibility. He refuses to divulge the name of the agent that witnesses saw the shooting of Mexico, and after that nothing happens. "
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