Category Archives: Mexico

Special Rapporteur on Torture welcomes the report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Experts on the 43 students of Ayotzinapa, Mexico

September 10 2015- Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other independent UN human rights experts have welcomed the report of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ Independent Group of Experts on the enforced disappearances, executions, and torture of 43 students of Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and encourage the State of Mexico to implement all of its recommendations. In particular, the experts stressed that “prompt and diligent implementation of the recommendations will promote the proper investigation and punishment of those responsible, the clarification of the facts, as well as the search for the victims and redress for them.” They further stressed that the report’s recommendations are also relevant in relation to the significant challenges facing the Mexican State with regards to enforced disappearances, torture, and executions, more generally, and reiterated their offer of cooperation and technical assistance to the State of Mexico. The experts lastly conveyed a message of recognition, solidarity and support to the victims, their families and the students.

To read the press release, please visit the OHCHR website

10 de Septiembre 2015- El Relator Especial sobre la tortura Juan E. Méndez y otros expertos independientes en derechos humanos de las Naciones Unidas le dan la bienvenida al reporte del Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos sobre las desapariciones forzadas, ejecuciones y torturas cometidas en contra de los 43 estudiantes normalistas de Ayotzinapa, en el Estado de Guerrero, México y hace un llamado al Estado de México a implementar las recomendaciones. En particular, los expertos enfatizan que “su pronta y diligente implementación favorecerá la adecuada investigación y sanción de los responsables, el esclarecimiento de los hechos, así como la búsqueda, reparación y atención a las víctimas.” Así mismo recalcaron el hecho de que las recomendaciones del reporte son también relevantes en relación con los grandes desafíos que el estado Mexicano enfrenta en materia de desapariciones forzadas, tortura, y las ejecuciones extrajudiciales en líneas generales. Por último, los expertos reiteraron su ofrecimiento de cooperación y asistencia técnicas al Estado mexicano.

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UN Human Rights Experts Welcome Mexico’s Constitutional Reforms on Enforced Disappearances and Torture

April 30, 2015 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez and members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances have welcomed new constitutional reforms approved by Mexico that empower its Congress to pass legislation on enforced disappearances and human rights violations including torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment. The experts welcomed the move as a positive first step in addressing the recommendations issued by Special Rapporteur Mendez and the Working Group in 2015 and 2012, respectively. They noted that the future legislation should ensure a comprehensive policy response to the serious problems faced by Mexico with regards to enforced disappearances and the prevalence of torture and other ill-treatment, and must meet the highest international standards. They further stressed that the laws should be drafted and approved pursuant to an inclusive participatory process involving consultations with civil society and victims, and that legislative measures can only be effective if their effectively implemented in practice. To read the Spanish-language press release in full, please click here. To learn more about the Special Rapporteur’s work on Mexico, please visit our page dedicated to Mexico.

Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez Discusses Report on Mexico

April 8, 2015 – This week, the Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez published an op-ed in Mexico’s El Universal and gave an interview on CNN en Español, discussing his recent report on Mexico. The Special Rapporteur addressed the Government’s concerns regarding the report’s characterization of the use of torture in Mexico as “generalized,” noting that the term is intended to denote that the use of torture is not limited to one particular investigative body or authority within the country. He further detailed his method of work, noting that his report was based, among other sources, on extensive interviews with detainees in more than 11 detention facilities in five regions of Mexico conducted during his visit to Mexico in the spring of 2014. The Special Rapporteur stressed that he looks forward to continued constructive dialogue with the Government of Mexico and to the possibility of conducting a follow-up visit to Mexico in the future. You can watch the interview on CCN en Español here and read the op-ed in El Universal here.

Letter from Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez to the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations

April 1, 2015 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez has addressed a letter to the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations on the topic of his 2014 official visit to and subsequent report on Mexico, and the Mexican Government’s response to the report. The letter is available in Spanish and English here. The Special Rapporteur’s report on Mexico is available here.

 

Human Rights Organizations Publish Open Letter Following Government Response to Special Rapporteur on Torture’s Report on Mexico

March 31, 2015 – A group of more than thirty human rights groups have expressed concern about the Mexican Government’s rejection of findings made by Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Mendez in his report on his 2014 visit to Mexico. The Spanish-language statement, which takes the form of an open letter addressed to Mexico’s President, is available here.

The report to the Mexico visit has been published/Se publicó el informe de la visita a México

The report is now available in SpanishEnglishFrenchArab and Russian.

 

El Relator Especial difunde el informe sobre la visita a México

February 13, 2015 – El informe del Relator Especial sobre su visita a México en abril/mayo del 2014 ya se encuentra disponible en español, inglés y francés.
En el informe, el Relator Especial concluye, de manera alarmante, que la tortura es generalizada en México y, en general, llevada a cabo por policías municipales, estatales y federales, agentes ministeriales estatales y federales, y por las fuerzas armadas. Normalmente comienza desde que el sujeto es detenido hasta que es puesto a disposición de un juez y en la mayoría de los casos esta es utilizada como castigo o como parte de la investigación. Las salvaguardas son débiles y las condiciones de detención no siguen los estándares internacionales en materia de derechos humanos siendo el hacinamiento el principal problema. Es por esto que el Relator Especial recomendó al Gobierno de México un número de medidas a implementar y pidió a la comunidad internacional ayudar al Gobierno en su lucha para eliminar la tortura y los malos tratos, revertir la impunidad y garantizar la reparación integral de las víctimas.

Mexico Faces Crucial Test in Investigation of Deaths and Enforced Disappearances of Students in Guerrero: UN Human Rights Experts

October 10, 2014 – Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan E. Méndez and other UN independent human rights experts have called on Mexican authorities to focus their efforts on an investigation into the killings and enforced disappearances of students in Guerrero.  At the end of September, six people died and at least 17 others were injured after a series of events in the municipality of Iguala, following operations in which the local municipal police reportedly took part. Since then, 43 students from the Rural Normal School ‘Raúl Isidro Burgos’ Ayotzinapa remain disappeared. The Special Rapporteurs stated that “what happened in Guerrero is absolutely reprehensible and unacceptable. It is not tolerable that these kind of events happen, and even less so in a State respectful of the Rule of Law.” The experts urged the Mexican authorities to focus their efforts on finding the whereabouts of the disappeared persons and to shed full light on these events. They also expressed their concern over the discovery of six mass graves in areas near the city of Iguala. To date, it has not been confirmed that the burnt bodies in the graves belong to the disappeared students. The experts welcomed the arrival of the Argentinian Team of Forensic Anthropology which will be involved in the process of identification of the remains together with the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic and the Office of the Attorney General of the State of Guerrero. To read the press release in full, please visit the OHCHR website.

Torture Continues in Mexico, Latin America: Special Rapporteur in New Radio Interview with Deutsche Welle

May 13, 2014 – The Special Rapporteur discussed his recent visit to Mexico in a Spanish-language radio interview with Deutsche Welles.  He highlighted his findings that torture continues to be practiced by an array of state agencies and usually occurs in the initial hours of detention.  The Special Rapporteur also stressed that while torture is an endemic practice throughout different state bodies, it is not a systematic state-driven policy. To listen to the interview in full and read the transcript, please visit this page.

Torture Common in Mexico: Special Rapporteur Delivers Preliminary Observations and Findings at the End of Mexico Visit

May 3, 2014 – The Special Rapporteur’s official visit to Mexico, which began on April 21, 2014, concluded Friday, May 2, 2014, with a press conference during which the Special Rapporteur presented preliminary observations and findings about the visit. The event in Mexico City, which was attended by many journalists, was broadcast live and is now available here. The Special Rapporteur also gave an interview with CNN Espanol’s Carmen Aristegui, which is now available to view online. In this preliminary observations, the Special Rapporteur revealed that in Mexico, torture is common and widespread amongst all levels of authority, from the military to local and state police. Torture typically occurs in the initial stages between a detainee’s arrest and appearance before a judge, and includes beatings with fists, feet and sticks, asphyxiation with plastics bags, and electric shock. It is used in particular as a means to extract confessions and obtain information, and regularly occurs in police vehicles or illegal hideouts away from police stations and jails. During his visit, the Special Rapporteur met with civil society, victims, and high-level government authorities in different parts of the country, including the Federal Districts, Nuevo Leon, Chiapas, and Baja California. Read the press release detailing the Special Rapporteur’s activities during the visit, and an English-language news article from the Associated Press here. For more information about the visit, including daily updates and links to many local news sources featuring the Special Rapporteur’s activities, please visit our page dedicated to Mexico.