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Mexico faces devastating human rights crisis as Pope Francis prepares visit

    February 08, 2016

    Released Tuesday 9 February 2016, 00:01 GMT

    Mexico is facing a human rights crisis of epidemic proportions with disappearances, torture and brutal murders becoming the hallmarks of the country, said Amnesty International ahead of a state visit by Pope Francis.

    “As soon as he sets foot on Mexico City, Pope Francis will come face-to-face with one of the most troubling human rights crises in the whole of the Americas,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

    “From the tens of thousands of people who have gone missing, to the widespread use of torture and rising numbers of killings of women, to the utter lack of ability to investigate crimes, human rights abuses have become shorthand for Mexico.”

    “We urge Pope Francis to use his powerful influence to persuade the Peña Nieto Administration to take the country’s dreadful human rights crisis seriously by ensuring all those who commit crimes face justice. Only by taking concrete and decisive action to bring those criminals to justice will the Mexican government start to tackle this entrenched crisis.”

    Pope Francis is due to make his first visit to Mexico between 12 and 18 February.

    Read more:

    Mexico: Gross incompetence and inertia fuel disappearances epidemic (News, 14 January 2016)

    The new Ayotzinapa generation: “It is as if we are a stone in the government’s shoe” (Feature, 12 November 2016)

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