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Torture Complaints Spike 400 Percent for Mexico’s Army, Federal Police

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Mar 13, 2017, 3:36 pm
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In Mexico, cases of torture and crimes against humanity peaked drastically in 2016. (Youtube)

EspañolThe Mexican Army received more complaints of torture in 2016 than in the last six years combined.

Both lawmakers and activists spoke out against the disregard President Enrique Peña Nieto‘s administration showed toward proposals to improve internal security law protecting human rights.

According to official data from the National Human Rights Commission, in 2016, there were 15 complaints of torture linked to the army — a 400-percent increase compared to 2015.

Crimes against humanity also increased among the federal police, who received 143 complaints in 2016. That’s a 429-percent increase compared to 2015.

“Torture is systemic and increasing,” Ana Laura Magaloni, Director of the Legal Studies Division of the Center for Economic Research and Teaching, said. “It is a practice that never seems to be eradicated.”

Last February, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Mendez confirmed in the follow-up report to his visit to Mexico in 2014 that torture and ill-treatment continue to be widespread in Mexico.

President Peña Nieto, sent initiatives against torture and forced disappearance for approval to Congress in December 2015, but none of them have come to fruition. His recent calls on legislators to improve the country’s internal security law has received attention.

Nevertheless, kidnappings have been widespread across Mexico. In January, 312 people went missing in Mexico, in addition to the 29,000 officials disappearances on record.

 

“The problem I see is that the prosecutor’s offices and the PGR show resistance to these trends, because the new criminal justice system has probably taken them by surprise and they did not take into account that it is a completely guarantor system,” said Senator Víctor Sánchez Orozco. 

The New Criminal Justice System continues to remove obsolete investigative techniques as well as torture practices from state security institutions.

“In the case of kidnappings, it is a law that regulates and punishes precisely the direct or indirect participation of public servants, or members of the police, and then public entities themselves show resistance to avoid such urgent legislation,” the legislator said. 

Source: Sin Embargo

Elena Toledo Elena Toledo

Educator by trade, social-media apprentice, activist for a democratic Honduras, and free thinker. Follow her on Twitter @NenaToledo.

Chile: Worst Act of Political Violence in Decades as Indigenous Group Sets 19 Trucks Ablaze

By: Karina Martín - Mar 13, 2017, 2:23 pm
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EspañolNineteen trucks were destroyed this weekend at a warehouse in Chile, in what is being called one of the biggest attacks in two decades. Four hooded men reportedly burned the trucks and nine ramps at a Transportes Cavalieri warehouse, according to police and local security guards, in the southern region of La Araucanía. The men threatened security guards with guns and forced them into a security booth after they activated an alarm. They then preceded to spray several trucks with a flammable substance, according to Colonel Juan Pablo Boetto. The group fled soon after, leaving written messages attributing the attack to the Wenteche Katrileo sector of the Mapuche Arauco-Malleco Coordination, which has a long history of terrorist activity related to indigenous peoples' fight for land in southern Chile. "Sabotage and resistance to large capitalist expressions within our Wallmapu," a banner read, alluding to the separate country of Wallmapu extremists have been fighting for for over two decades. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   The attack resulted in millions of dollars in losses for the company, an official said. "The most regrettable part of all is that we do not have a government to talk to," said Jose Villagrán President of the Federation of Southern Truckers. Read More: Candidate Lasso Promises to Take Ecuador Out of Socialist Regional Alliance ALBA Read More: Ecuador: Democratic Left Candidate Moncayo Will Support Lasso to End Correismo "What happened is icing on the cake, the rule of law is not working," Villagrán said. "That is what the government has to acknowledge, that there is terrorism in southern Chile." Villagrán said they are considering holding protests in view of the attacks. Source: La Tercera; Cooperativa; Biobiochile.

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