MEXICO VOICES — Dario Ramirez, former director of Article 19, said that what has happened in recent days regarding evidence of torture by military and federal police forces, should be a warning sign.
“It seems that a barbaric state has been established in our country, far from rights and due process. It is running over what is the most precious part of a democracy, that is, doing things according to the written rules, which is the rule of law. The Government of the Republic simply seeks to hide. It is a government that is frankly cornered and without the intent to improve the situation of human rights in Mexico,” he said.
Ramirez said the video of the torture of a woman which was released last week and now the additional photos published by the US media [of marines humiliating a captive] speak of “absolute anarchy”, where asking for forgiveness is not enough [Secretary of Defense, General Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda, acknowledged the act of torture and asked for the country’s forgiveness].
“It is simply an act of recognition, but it is not an act of reparation, nor does it ensure non-repetition of the events. The work of the Army ought to be opened up, asking it to be accountable like any other democratic institution; beginning with cases like Tlatlaya [soldiers’ exection of supposed criminals who had surrendered] it ought to be done. It must remove [cases of] serious human rights violations against civilians from the military courts, I think that’s clear,” he said.