Oct 11, 2012

Torture cases rise sharply in Mexico, Amnesty International says

LA Times: The human rights group says the Mexican government has 'effectively turned a blind eye' to brutality amid its crackdown on drug cartels.

By Richard Fausset. Oct. 10. MEXICO CITY — A leading human rights group contends that the Mexican government under outgoing President Felipe Calderon has "effectively turned a blind eye" to a dramatic increase in reported instances of torture and abuse by police and the military in recent years, as those forces have been pressured to come down hard on the powerful drug cartels threatening large chunks of the country.

In a report issued Thursday, Amnesty International noted that Mexico's National Human Rights Commission received 1,669 reports of torture and abuse by police and the military in 2011. That number has grown each year since 2008, when the commission received 564 complaints. Many observers believe that those numbers represent a fraction of the actual abuse cases because many victims are afraid to report them. Read more.

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