Oct 22, 2012

Amnesty International: Calderon Turned "Blind Eye" to "Torture Epidemic" in Mexico

Amnesty International, By Phillip Smith October 15, 2012

The number of annual, state level torture prosecutions can be counted in the single digits.

Mexico must take decisive action to rein in systematic and widespread use of torture, ill-treatment, and other human rights abuses, which have increased dramatically since outgoing President Felipe Calderon unleashed the military to fight the country's so-called cartels nearly six years ago, Amnesty International said in a report released Thursday.

The report, Known Abusers, But Victims Ignored: Torture and Ill-Treatment in Mexico, documents the increase of cases of torture and ill-treatment by the police and military forces, the lack of effective investigations and almost total lack of prosecutions, and the juridical weaknesses and lack of political will that allow such abuses to go unpunished and even allow testimony obtained through torture to be used to convict its victims. Read more. 

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