Oaxaca: Ten Years in Prison without Sentence – Afro-Mexicans Victims of Torture


In December 2011, Honorio Corcuera Noyola and Margarito Gonzalez Dominguez, residents of Chacahua, Tututepec, were arrested, tortured and accused of the murder of UNAM student Israel Moreno Perez. Ten years later they continue to be deprived of liberty without sentence, which in itself already constitutes a serious violation of access to justice and due process of law for these two Afro-Mexicans.

It was not until April 2016 that the State Attorney General’s Office decided to start the investigation for torture, given the accusation made by Honorio and Margarito. “The torture against Honorio and Margarito has already been pointed out by the Human Rights Ombudsman of the People of Oaxaca in its Recommendation 13/2016 and recently the Government of the Republic, has indicated that it is against torture practices, has assumed the commitment to implement effective actions to eradicate it, including, a decree issued in 2021 so that people who have been victims obtain their freedom”, said the Committee for the Comprehensive Defense of Human Rights (CODIGO DH).

Ten years after their arrest, “Honorio and Margarito are two examples where justice is not prompt or expeditious, and as Afro-Mexicans, they additionally face the racism that exists in the justice system and the delay in their trial”, CODIGO DH stated.

For more information in Spanish:

10 años encarcelados sin sentencia afromexicanos víctimas de tortura en Oaxaca (EDUCA, 19 de enero de 2022)

10 años de injusticia de 20 afromexicanos víctimas de tortura, Honorio y Margarito (CODIGO DH, 18 de enero de 2022)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca/National/International: UN Committee against Torture Issues Decisions on Damian Gallardo Case (December 28, 2021)

National: AMLO Announces Decree to Release the Unsentenced, Tortured and Elderly (August 3, 2021)

Chiapas: Frayba Discussion – Factory of the Guilty, Torture in Mexico (June 28, 2021)

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