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Mexico human rights commission finds arbitrary executions

  • National Human Rights Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez Speaks during the presentation of a report about human rights abuses by Mexico's federal police, in Mexico City, Aug. 18, 2016. Gonzalez said that Mexico's federal police arbitrarily executed 22 people on May 22, 2015, at a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

    National Human Rights Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez Speaks during the presentation of a report about human rights abuses by Mexico's federal police, in Mexico City, Aug. 18, 2016. Gonzalez said that Mexico's federal police arbitrarily executed 22 people on May 22, 2015, at a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Mexican state police stand guard near the entrance of Rancho del Sol, where a shootout with the authorities and suspected criminals happened near Vista Hermosa, Mexico. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police during the event. Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said their investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz, File)

    FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Mexican state police stand guard near the entrance of Rancho del Sol, where a shootout with the authorities and suspected criminals happened near Vista Hermosa, Mexico. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police during the event. Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said their investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Mexican state police stand guard near the entrance of Rancho del Sol, where a shootout with the authorities and suspected criminals happened near Vista Hermosa, Mexico. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police during the event. Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said their investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz, File)

    FILE - In this May 22, 2015, file photo, Mexican state police stand guard near the entrance of Rancho del Sol, where a shootout with the authorities and suspected criminals happened near Vista Hermosa, Mexico. Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, that it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police during the event. Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said their investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz, File)  (The Associated Press)

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says it has concluded that 22 people were arbitrarily executed by federal police on a ranch in the western state of Michoacan last year.

Commission President Luis Raul Gonzalez Perez said Thursday the investigation revealed a range of human rights abuses on the part of government forces.

One police officer was killed in the confrontation on May 22, 2015. The government said the dead were drug cartel suspects who were hiding out on a ranch in Tanhuato near the border with Jalisco state.

The lopsided death toll of 42 to 1 had led to suspicions of extrajudicial killings.

The government refused to release the autopsy reports of the victims. The government's transparency watchdog earlier said there was no evidence to indicate human rights violations.