Feb 23, 2012

Rule of Law - Mexico prison riot: Mexico Human Rights Commission opens investigation

La Jornada: "The National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) has opened an investigation into the murder of 44 prisoners and the escape of 30 others from the prison of Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, which occurred on Sunday, February 19.

In a statement, the agency headed by Raul Plascencia Villanueva reported that, exercising its power to analyze gross violations of human rights--previously the sole prerogative of the Supreme Court of Justice--the Commission will begin an inquiry into the incident Apodaca, which is now a national and international issue. CNDH staff... will monitor what local authorities do, and then make a recommendation.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International (AI) added itself to the call which various organizations in Mexico and abroad have made to Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into what happened in Apodaca and in the Topo Chico prison where, last Tuesday, three more inmates were killed..

... In the same vein, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) expressed its "concern" about what happened in Apodaca, and called upon the Mexican State "to adopt appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of similar incidents and to investigate and punish those responsible."

As guarantors of the rights of inmates, governments "have a fundamental duty to ensure control and internal security of prisons and can in no way waive this inherent duty," the subsidiary of the Organization of American States stressed." Spanish original

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