Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Update: Execute International Law Not Mexican Nationals

Last week I wrote about Texas flaunting international law and U.S. treaty obligations as it prepares to execute Humberto Leal, a Mexican national who was not advised by Texas authorities after his arrest of his right to consult with with the Mexican Embassy:  Time for Texas to Execute International Law, Not Mexican Nationals.

The Washington Post editorial board now weighs in:
This is not about coddling criminals nor is it a referendum on the death penalty. It is about a country’s obligation to honor its treaty commitments. The United States must comply with the Vienna Convention — and demonstrate good faith in addressing past mistakes — if U.S. citizens abroad are to be afforded the same rights and protections. . . .
To avoid this problem in the future, federal and state governments should be diligent about abiding by the treaty’s mandates. The State Department should continue its outreach to state and local governments to impress upon law enforcement officials the importance of the consular notification. Complying with the treaty is not only the right thing to do; it is the smart and self-interested thing to do.
 Please sign this petition to Urge the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles and Gov. Perry to stop the execution of Humberto Leal.  For more information about the case and how to help, go to


Post a Comment