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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:19 AM

Torture cases rise sharply in Mexico, Amnesty International says

Source: Los Angeles Times

Torture cases rise sharply in Mexico, Amnesty International says

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, Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2012, 9:00 p.m.

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.

The torture of criminal suspects has played a role in the Mexican justice system for decades despite clear federal laws prohibiting the practice. In a 1984 report, Amnesty found evidence that Mexican police beat suspects, injected carbonated water into their nostrils, used electric shocks and sexually abused them, among other things.

But the issue has become more pressing of late with the growing power of the drug gangs and Calderon's decision, beginning in December 2006, to deploy the military to help restore public order. The armed forces were unprepared for domestic police work as they began to work beside an existing mix of local and federal law enforcement agencies that had a long history of abusing suspects.

Under the Calderon administrations, the torturers have "enjoyed almost total impunity," the report said, and coerced confessions continue to be entered as evidence in court.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-mexico-torture-20121011,0,6699772.story

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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:42 AM

1. K&R

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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 12:59 AM

2. The police in Mexico are bad enough, but when you have soldiers acting as cops...

...it's a situation begging for human rights abuses. And Calderon has called out the military to do this particular bit of domestic policing.

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Thu Oct 11, 2012, 04:07 AM

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