Mexico: Unfair trials: Unsafe convictions.

Index Number: AMR 41/007/2003

This document focuses on the violations of the right to due process suffered by a number of individuals who have been convicted of crimes on the basis of confessions extracted under torture and on the failure of the Mexican criminal justice system to provide an effective judicial remedy. It considers some of the steps the present administration is taking to address the situation and looks at some of the obstacles that must be overcome if reforms are to have real effect. The serious human rights violations suffered by the individuals whose cases make up the second part of this report are illustrative of many of the problems that require urgent attention and reform.

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