Torture in Mexico reaching catastrophic levels

La Jornada: According to Amnesty International, Mexico’s torture epidemic continues, reaching “catastrophic levels in the past year, with more than double the number of reports at the federal level of suffocation, rape and other sexual abuse, electric shocks and beatings.”

In the report, [.pdf full English text] AI stated that the number of complaints for torture more than doubled between 2013 and 2014, from 1,164 to 2,403, according to the Attorney General’s Office…

…It was asked why President Enrique Peña Nieto has not launched an initiative in Congress for a general law on torture, as a first step in addressing the crisis, when he said he would. The deadline for the Legislature to approve the initiative is in less than three months (January 2016) and it has not yet been delivered…

Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director AI, said: “A strong general law against torture, which means more than words and ensures justice for the victims, would be a good first step for Mexico to recover from the deep crisis of human rights in which it is immersed.”

She added that it was hard to imagine a year ago that Mexico’s torture crisis could get any worse, and now we see that that is exactly what happened as the government continues to ignore a crisis it created.

AI noted in its report that the President’s commitment to the law is a major step forward, but these paper promises have not been accompanied by concrete results that would translate into a change in people’s lives.

Same as it ever was. Not just in Mexico, not just in Israel, not just in offshore prisons run by the United States. The mentality of many “freedom-loving” democracies often finds excuses for torture.

2 thoughts on “Torture in Mexico reaching catastrophic levels

    • Jake says:

      “Mexico: When Torture Is Seen As Harmless” (Ernesto López Portillo, translated by: Alexander Graham) “Torture is widespread in Mexico for one simple and obvious reason: it is neither investigated, nor prosecuted, nor punished, of that there’s no doubt. The question is how to change this. It is time to remember the words of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture {link}: “Torture is widespread in Mexico. It typically occurs in the initial stages between a detainee’s arrest and his appearance before a judge. With the aim of extracting information and punishing the prisoner.”
      …In layman’s terms, the police understand and use torture as part of their routine work. It is a tool they use simply because they can, and without repercussion. At any given moment, there are unmonitored arrests and the police determine when and how to use torture to extract information, extort money for themselves or for third parties in organized crime networks, but also as a mere power trip without any concrete benefit at all.”

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