Paper promises, daily impunity. Mexico's torture epidemic continues.
One year on from the publication of Amnesty International´s report Out of control: Torture and other ill-treatment in Mexico, torture practices persist in Mexico and the number of complaints received by federal authorities has increased. The government has committed to prevent and punish torture, although its promise has yet to translate into a change in people’s lives, including bringing perpetrators to justice and granting full reparation to victims. A bill for a General Law currently before Congress needs to tackle the impunity around torture. Without proper design, monitoring and implementation, it will only enshrine existing problems. Amnesty International calls on the Mexican government to take urgent action to eradicate torture and ensure that state doctors, forensic experts and public prosecutors stop turning a blind eye to this widespread phenomenon.