Mexico: Ensure all torture victims are given impartial medical forensic examinations
In Mexico torture is out of control and victims are failed by a government that does not guarantee effective investigations..
In most cases, forensic experts fail to document physical and mental signs of torture. When they do, they often reach unfounded conclusions which tend to rule out torture and stop any further investigation.
Now we have a unique opportunity to increase pressure on the Mexican government, as the UN Rapporteur on Torture has issued a report backing up our research and recommending that Mexico overhaul its system of medical forensic examinations for torture victims.
That is why we are calling on Mexico to publicly commit to implementing the UN recommendations.
Call on the Attorney General to overhaul the implementation of medical forensic examinations as a first step to stop torture and bring torturers to account.
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The Federal Attorney General,
As you are aware, Amnesty International has documented the widespread occurrence of torture and other ill-treatment, by police and soldiers, especially in the context of the so-called “war on drugs”. Official forensic doctors fail to adequately examine most torture survivors who file complaints. When medical forensic examinations are carried out, forensic doctors often reach unfounded conclusions which may disprove torture and stop any further investigation.
On 10 March 2015 the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture published a report on his 2014 mission to Mexico. The report recommends an overhaul in the implementation of medical forensic examinations of torture victims as a first step towards combatting torture and ending impunity in the country.
Therefore I urge you to implement the UN recommendations and to:
• Overhaul the application of medical forensic examinations for torture victims, so that they fully comply with international human rights standards which Mexico has promised to uphold for many years. Torture victims deserve prompt and adequate examination by impartial experts.
• Specifically, ensure that official medical forensic experts are independent of the Federal Attorney General’s Office.