WHEN TORTURE IS SEEN AS HARMLESS — ANIMAL POLITICO — Torture is widespread in Mexico for one simple and obvious reason: it is neither investigated,nor prosecuted, nor punished, of that there’s no doubt. The question is how to change this. It is time to remember the words of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture:
“Torture is widespread in Mexico. It typically occurs in the initial stages between a detainee’s arrest and his appearance before a judge. With the aim of extracting information and punishing the prisoner.”
As we already know, the Mexican government denied the allegations and denounced the work of Juan Mendez, responsible for the inquiry.
But reality is much stronger than politics, evidence of how widespread torture is in Mexico keeps emerging. The latest images and investigations to surface from the State of Mexico and Nuevo León further confirm the situation. Videos depicting torture at the hands of soldiers, the federal police, and agents of the Attorney General’s office tell us of torturers who have acquired expert knowledge in the field. An expert knowledge refined through repetition and practice, and through this, a loss of all empathy or feeling for the victim.
TLATLAYA CASE MIRED IN IMPUNITY: UN — ARISTEGUI NOTICIAS — The United Nations expressed concern that the Tlatlaya case is “still mired”.
“We are deeply concerned that, nearly two years after the commission of serious human rights violations in Tlatlaya, State of Mexico, including allegations that at least 12 people were extrajudicially executed, the case remains mired in impunity and the victims continue to be denied their rights to justice and truth,” the spokeswoman for the UN High Commissioner for Human rights, Ravina Shamdasani, said from Geneva.
She recalled that, according to the National Commission of Human Rights, in June 2014 in a warehouse in Tlatlaya, twenty-two people were deprived of life, of which at least 12 were extrajudicially executed. Seven soldiers were arrested in connection with the case but, in October 2015, a judge dismissed charges against four of them and last week, the other three were freed on the ground that there was insufficient evidence against them.
During his visit to Mexico in October last year, Ra’ad Zeid Al Hussein, High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the Tlatlaya case would be closely watched as a test of the commitment of the authorities in the fight against impunity, given the reform of the military Code placed the military under the jurisdiction of the civil courts in cases of crimes committed against civilians.
MEXICO MILITARY’S REVITALIZED IMPUNITY — ANIMAL POLITICO — In our country, the Mexican Military is practically untouchable. Not only do they not listen to those who examine their current role in Mexican society, they pay no attention to the evidence we present them with. Without trying to invent a story about its importance or role in national history, the main thing is that the Military, just like any other State institution, is to be held accountable in cases where people’s human rights are violated.
The Military, in the words of some, continues to have high levels of trust, but has also suffered setbacks in this regard, as demonstrated by INEGI [The Mexican National Institute of Statistics and Geography] in the National Survey of Victimization and Perception of Public Security (Envipe) in 2015, which says that the Army, along with the Navy are causing a decline in public confidence. Regardless of these figures and the methodology they used to come up with them, the important thing to point out is that the Military presence in Mexican streets–which has been more visible since 2006–has added to the feeling of insecurity among the people.