An ordinary day turned to terror and torture
After dropping her children at school, Miriam López was suddenly grabbed by two men wearing balaclavas. They tied her up, blindfolded her and drove her to a military barracks. For the following week she was raped repeatedly by soldiers. The torture continued until she signed a statement falsely implicating herself for drug offences. She was sent to prison to await trial, but was released without charge seven months later. Help support Miriam as she bravely continues to speak out against torture in Mexico.
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Please write a letter to the federal Attorney General of Mexico
Follow this guide to write your letter:
- Start with Dear Attorney General,
- Describe who you are and what concerns you about the torture Miriam López experienced and how the perpetrators have so far gone unpunished
- Urge him to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the torture of Miriam López in Feburary of 2011
- Ask him to make sure that the results of the investigation are made public and that those who were responsible for torturing her are brought to justice
Send your letter to
Col. Cuauhtémoc, Mexico City, 06500
Fax: 011 52 55 5346 0908
Note, the fax number is hard to reach.
Tell our government to act
Please make a copy for
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0A6
fax: (613) 996-9880
At the top of the copy, write something like “Please call for justice for Miriam López. Canada must help end torture in Mexico.”
On 2 February 2011, 30-year-old Miriam Isaura López Vargas dropped her children off at school in Ensenada, Baja California state. Two men wearing balaclavas suddenly appeared and grabbed her.
The men, who were later identified as soldiers, tied her up, blindfolded her, and drove her to a military barracks in the city of Tijuana. For a week, a civilian prosecutor of the Federal Attorney General’s Office directed intensive questioning of Miriam López and soldiers raped her repeatedly. The torture included electric shocks and threats to her family. It finally stopped after she signed a statement that falsely implicated her in drug offences. Miriam López spent seven months in prison while waiting for a trial that never began. She was released without any charges against her.
The National Commission of Human Rights investigated Miriam’s case and has called for justice and compensation. The authorities have provided some police protection for Miriam and a few counselling sessions. However, despite the fact that she has identified some of the perpetrators and their accomplices, no one has been brought to justice for the sexual violence and other forms of torture she suffered.
Miriam López is one of many people who have been similarly captured and tortured. Between 2006 and 2012, the National Human Rights Commission revealed that reports of torture and ill-treatment rose by 500 per cent in Mexico between 2006 and 2012. Convictions are rare.
What else can I do?
On Miriam’s Facebook page, click “Like” and leave a message such as “Miriam, remember that you are not alone in this struggle. I am with you.” or “Courage, Miriam! Your fight can help others.” Include your name and country.
If you do not have access to Facebook, you may mail a greeting to Miriam on a non-religious card. You may mention Amnesty International and you may include your return address. Send your greeting to:
Col. Roma Sur, Mexico City, 06760