On 14 January, the Guerrero state congress approved a law to prevent, sanction, and eradicate torture in the state, this by initially imposing prison terms of between 4 and 12 years and fines amounting to 500 days’ salary, as well as by mandating the definitive resignation of all public officials who commit this crime. This punishment is envisioned against all public servants who inflicts pain and physical, psychological, or sexual suffering on anyone. When the question is one of sexual violation as a form of torture, the crime of rape or sexual abuse will also be applied, according to the case. The law also stipulates that when torture is directed against a woman, a minor, a disabled person, or an elderly person, the term of punishment will be increased by an additional 50% at most.
The bill also considers the question of compensation for victims and creates a Technical Committee for Analysis and Evaluation as a technical institution to examine and follow up on torture cases. This committee will be directed by the president of the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights (Coddehum).
For more information (in Spanish):
Aprueban en Guerrero ley contra la tortura (Milenio, 15 de enero de 2014)
Aprueba Congreso la Ley contra la Tortura (Diario de Guerrero, 16 de enero de 2014)
Tipifican la tortura como delito (La Jornada de Guerrero, 15 de nero de 2014)
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