National: Government rejects visit of UN Rapporteur for Torture


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Having noted that torture is “a generalized practice in Mexico”, the Special Rapporteur for Torture of the United Nations Organization (UNO), Juan E. Mendez, has been denied a new visit to Mexico this year. The rapporteur sought a follow-up visit from September 2015, considering that his mandate finishes in October 2016. The government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Secretaría de Relaciones Exteriores – SRE), rejected the request arguing that visits by other experts are already scheduled and he cannot be included before October when his mission ends. Later the SRE changed this version and said that “the visit cannot be agreed until the law against torture is approved by Congress.” Senator Angelica de la Peña Gomez recalled that last October, the President of the Republic, Enrique Peña Nieto, presented an initiative for a projected decree to expedite the General Law to Prevent and Sanction Crimes of Torture or other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatments and Punishments, which was criticized by other civil society organizations because “it doesn’t go far enough to eradicate this practice.” The senator stressed that “to eliminate the practice of torture in this country, its existence needs to be recognized first.”

It is worth remembering that in March 2015, Juan E. Mendez presented the report compiled after his visit to Mexico in April and May 2014, which was immediately disqualified by federal officials, who said it was “lacking professionalism and ethics.” Following the intervention of the expert, the Mexican Ambassador to the UN, Jorge Lomonaco, categorically denied his observations. “I can only reiterate that we do not share the view that torture is generalized in the country because it does not correspond to the reality”, Lomonaco claimed.

For more information in Spanish:

Se niega gobierno mexicano a recibir a Relator contra la Tortura de la ONU (Desinformémonos, 28 de marzo de 2016)

México aceptará al relator de la ONU contra la tortura hasta que el Congreso apruebe nueva ley: SRE (Eme Equis, 28 de marzo de 2016)

Gobierno de Peña Nieto rechaza visita del relator sobre tortura de la ONU (Aristegui Noticias, 26 de marzo de 2016)

Senado debe iniciar ya debate de Ley General contra la Tortura: Angelica de la Peña (El Sol de México, 16 de febrero de 2016)

Ley general contra la tortura (6 de febrero de 2016)

Relator especial alerta de tortura, malos tratos e impunidad en México (Centro de Información de las Naciones Unidas, 9 de marzo de 2015)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Dudas de organismos de la sociedad civil por la iniciativa de Ley contra la Tortura (9 de febrero de 2016)

Chiapas: Gobierno de Chiapas niega investigar casos de tortura en sus penales (1 de octubre de 2015)

Nacional: 20 ONG critican el proceso para crear la Ley General contra la Tortura (7 de septiembre de 2015)




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