On 31 May, the Global Organization against Torture (OMCT) and Christian Action for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) concluded an observation mission toward the end of investigating the recommendations released by the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) directed to Mexico in December 2012. Upon concluding their mission, the organizations denounced that the Mexican government had not observed the 72 recommendations released by the CAT. Andrea Mera, director of OMCT, and Anne Boucher (ACAT) carried out an observation-mission to the states of Chihuahua and Guerrero as well as Mexico City, where they met with state and federal authorities, civil organizations, and victims of torture, from 26 to 31 May.
In a press conference, Meraz recalled that one of the principal concerns expressed by the CAT has to do with the high number of disappearances in Mexico, and that while it may be premature to judge the special office created by the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) with only 12 Public Ministry officials, “there are very few elements and resources assigned to such a large problem.” Boucher added that during their visit, they found it highly disconcerting that one of the principal recommendations made by the CAT has not been followed, particularly in the question of the elimination of community control (arraigo).
México necesita voluntad política para frenar la tortura (Centro ProDH, 3 de junio de 2013)
Incumple México con recomendaciones del Comité contra la Tortura (Proceso, 3 de junio de 2013)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)