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Mexico: Grave Human Rights Violations and State Accountability

    Disappearances and torture are generalized in Mexico, yet there are no clear consistent data on the scale of the problem. The Mexican government acknowledges more than 27,000 missing people (without specifying potential cases of enforced disappearances). Similarly, related to torture, the National Ombudsman reported more than 7,000 complaints just between 2010 and 2013. Perpetrators of both these crimes are usually members of police and military bodies. The victims’ profile varies greatly, but the available data seems to indicate that usually victims are young men.

    Impunity for these crimes continues. There have only been 7 sentences for torture and 6 for enforced disappearance at a federal level in Mexico. High levels of impunity will not be eradicated without addressing multiple flaws in the investigation of the crimes and the lack of adequate legal framework and administrative tools including a nationwide register of detainees.

    Incidents of these crimes occur in context of distorted power of law enforcement officials and are facilitated by the extensive occurrences of arbitrary detention. One key element to this is the wide faculty of police officers or military personnel to detain anyone with minimum requirement that are often disregarded without consequences.

    Although not all arbitrary detention instances lead to torture or disappearance, they consistently lead to other HR violations such as due process and access to justice violations.

    Project Activities;

    • Tool kit launch
    • Digital tools ready for use
    • Report launch
    • Public hearings held by the IACHR
    • Document position on National Registry of Detainees

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