The Internal Security Law, which was approved during the month of December by the Legislative branch, is a legislation that defines and details the activities of the Armed Forces in public security tasks and defines in which situations the military may act.
In short, it authorizes what has been done for 11 years: the use of the Armed Forces for public security purposes. This law authorizes the legitimate use of force by the Armed Forces and the rational and proportional use of techniques, tactics, methods, armaments and protocols of their elements to control, repel or neutralize acts of resistance, according to their characteristics and methods of execution.
The Federal Forces and the Armed Forces are now also empowered to develop intelligence activities in the field of Internal Security within their respective areas of competence. When carrying out intelligence tasks, the authorities empowered by this Act may use any lawful method of gathering information.
The international community has expressed its concern. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, for example, reported that the law contains precepts contrary to human rights standards, as it normalize the permanence of the Armed Forces in public security tasks.