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Mexico: Spike in torture reports reveals deepening human rights crisis

    October 23, 2015

    Released  23 October 2015, 00:01Hs Mexico (05:01 GMT)

    Mexico’s torture epidemic has reached new catastrophic levels with reports of asphyxiation, rape and other sexual abuse, electric shocks and beatings at the federal level more than doubling in the last year, said Amnesty International in a new report today as President Peña Nieto prepares to present a new Torture Bill to Congress.

    “A year ago, it would have been hard to imagine how Mexico’s torture crisis could have gotten any worse and then it just did while the government continues to turn a blind eye to a crisis of their own creation,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    The number of torture complaints filed at the federal level more than doubled between 2013 and 2014 – from 1,165 to 2,403, according to data from Mexico’s Federal Attorney General´s Office.

    The Federal Attorney General´s Office told Amnesty International that they have “no hard data” on any  charges issued in 2014 against those responsible.

    Despite the sharp increase in the number of reports of torture and ill-treatment, the number of possible victims examined by   official forensic experts decreased in 2014. The Federal Attorney General has 1,600 pending requests to carry out forensic examinations for torture.

    Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has promised to present a new bill on torture to Congress as a first step to tackle this crisis. However, with less than three months until the deadline for Congress to approve this law, the bill is yet to be presented.

    “A robust law on torture that means more than words on paper and ensures justice would be a good first step for Mexico to finally move on from the deep human rights crisis it is immersed in,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas.

    Background Information

    The report Paper Promises, Daily Impunity: Mexico´s Torture Epidemic Continues 

    is part of Amnesty International’s Stop Torture campaign to combat a “global crisis on torture”, launched in May 2014 and follows reports on torture in Morocco, Nigeria, the Philippines and Uzbekistan.

    Amnesty International’s 2014 annual report on human rights in 160 countries reported torture and other ill-treatment in 82% of countries covered (131 out of 160). 

    Read more:

    The report Paper Promises, Daily Impunity: Mexico´s Torture Epidemic Continues (Report, 23 October 2015) will be available on amnesty.org

     

    Mexico: Shocking rise in reports of torture and ill-treatment as authorities turn a blind eye (Report, 4 September 2014)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2014/09/mexico-shocking-rise-reports-torture-and-ill-treatment-authorities-turn-blind-eye/ 

     

    Torture around the world: what you need to know (Briefing, 22 June 2015)

    https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2015/06/torture-around-the-world/ 

     

    For more information, please contact Elizabeth Berton-Hunter, Media Relations 416-363-9933 ext 332 bberton-hunter@amnesty.ca

     

     

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