MEXICO COUNTRY VISIT – April 21 – May 2, 2014

MEXICO COUNTRY VISIT – April 21 – May 2, 2014

      El informe del Relator Especial sobre su visita a México en abril/mayo del 2014 ya se encuentra disponible en español, inglés y francés. The Special Rapporteur’s report on the visit to Mexico is now available in Spanish, English, and French. En el informe, el Relator Especial concluye, de manera alarmante, que la tortura es generalizada en MéxicoContinue Reading

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

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

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.