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Mexican human rights groups report crimes against humanity

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declares open the 8th National Forum for Security and Justice, after delivering his address in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. On the same day that Pena Nieto spoke at the forum, the international program Open Society Justice Initiative released a report saying the Mexican government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto declares open the 8th National Forum for Security and Justice, after delivering his address in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. On the same day that Pena Nieto spoke at the forum, the international program Open Society Justice Initiative released a report saying the Mexican government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks to the 8th National Forum for Security and Justice, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. On the same day that Pena Nieto spoke at the forum, the international program Open Society Justice Initiative released a report saying the Mexican government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto speaks to the 8th National Forum for Security and Justice, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. On the same day that Pena Nieto spoke at the forum, the international program Open Society Justice Initiative released a report saying the Mexican government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

  • A presidential guard stands in front of the logo for the 8th National Forum for Security and Justice, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto spoke at the forum Tuesday, on the same day the international program Open Society Justice Initiative released a report saying the Mexican government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

    A presidential guard stands in front of the logo for the 8th National Forum for Security and Justice, in Mexico City, Tuesday, June 7, 2016. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto spoke at the forum Tuesday, on the same day the international program Open Society Justice Initiative released a report saying the Mexican government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)  (The Associated Press)

Human rights groups in Mexico say the government has committed crimes against humanity in its war against drug cartels. 

A report by the Justice Initiative is the first extensive analysis that says murder, torture and disappearances during Mexico*s drug war were serious atrocities committed by law enforcement and military personnel.

The report also blames the Zeta Cartel, one of Mexico*s most violent gangs, for crimes against humanity. The report calls on Mexican authorities to further investigate these cases.

The report was released to the public on Tuesday. Government authorities were not immediately available for comment.