Shockingly on 14 February 2013, Canada declared Mexico to be a so-called “safe” country of origin. This means that anyone making a refugee claim from Mexico, is subjected to a fast track refugee process and will not be able to appeal a negative decision. He or she can be returned to Mexico within months.
Mexico was not safe for Miriam López.
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, the soldiers 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.