On April 10, 2019, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, at the conclusion of a five-day visit to Mexico, held a press conference stating that Mexico needs a comprehensive, long-term solution, to its security crisis. Bachelet added that a new National Guard could be a large part of that solution.
“The creation of the National Guard could open the opportunity to create a new civilian police force,” she said.
Mexico’s president, López Obrador, signed an agreement to allow the UN to assist in human rights training for Mexico’s National Guard members.
“Experience shows us that you can’t have security without full respect for human rights and you can’t enjoy human rights without security,” Bachelet said.
Obrador stated in February of this year that the new security force will conduct itself in a way similar to United Nations peacekeepers, pledging that “human rights will be respected.”