Mexico approves new law for the rights of victims of violence

On 30 April 2012, the Mexican Lower House of Congress approved a law for the rights of victims of violence, including gun violence. Approved by the Senate, the new law will establish a national registry of victims, and victims and their families will be entitled to compensation of up to US $70,000.00, as well as legal and medical support.

The law is the result of activism by the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity in response to the proliferation of small arms and endemic armed violence in Mexico, which has resulted in the deaths of over 50,000 people since 2006, and thousands are missing and displaced.