Watch a video telling the shocking story of Mariam's abuse and torture after being arbitrarily detained by Mexican soliders.
Miriam López is a 30-year old mother who is living a nightmare.
On 2 February 2011, Miriam was detained and tortured by Mexican soldiers. In order to get Miriam to implicate herself and others in drug trafficking offences, they subjected her to electric shocks and near asphyxiation, then raped her three times.
Miriam was eventually released without charges. She has been brave enough to file a formal complaint. Yet nobody has been brought to justice.
Miriam Lopez is not the only one. In the last few years, thousands of Mexicans have reported torture and ill-treatment at the hands of soldiers and police. In the vast majority of cases, those responsible are never held to account.
In 2012 the UN recommended a set of measures for Mexico to implement in order to combat torture. So far, the government has failed to act on them.
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Photo: Portrait of Miriam Isaura Lopez Vargas. © Agencia Reforma