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Human rights violations in Mexico a vital and scathing report from UN expert

posted Mar 9, 2015, 12:32 PM by Investigative eJournalism   [ updated Mar 13, 2015, 1:43 PM ]
This vital and scathing report from a top UN expert on torture highlights a culture of impunity and brutality that Amnesty International have been campaigning about for years. President Enrique Pena Nieto cannot possibly plead ignorance on this issue. Instead, he must accept and act on all the UN recommendations
It's not "just  regular" human rights violation - as committed daily also in La Paz, BCS - by municipal authorities. (Check back for our special this week) It goes further!
A new United Nations report detailing how torture is widespread among Mexico’s police and security forces. This report should prompt the authorities to address this sickening practice once and for all, said Amnesty International today.
The report from Juan E. Méndez, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, was presented to the UN Human Rights Council today. It outlines how officials in Mexico often fail to investigate the complaints of torture victims and forensic doctors working for the government often ignore signs of torture.
The investigations into allegations of torture in Mexico are riddled with flaws. Internationally agreed guidelines such as the Istanbul Protocol on how to investigate torture are routinely ignored and often victims have to wait months or years to be examined. Documenting torture is the first step to break the wall of impunity,” said Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director Amnesty International.

On 3 March, Mexico appointed Arely Gómez González as the new Federal Attorney General.
"Arely Gómez González has the opportunity to take a strong stance on torture. She must ensure victims have access to adequate forensic examinations by official experts who are autonomous from the Federal Attorney General’s Office, as the UN has pointed out today," said Erika Guevara-Rosas.


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