Women were sexually tortured by the Mexican government

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Mexican government was guilty of sexual torture against 11 women from San Salvador Atenco in 2006

Women were sexually tortured by the Mexican government
Torture is still practiced by Mexican authorities - Photo: Edgard Garrido/REUTERS
English 22/04/2019 09:26 Mexico City Editorial Actualizada 09:38
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In regards to human rights, 2011 is considered as a key year for Mexico. In 2011, the Constitution was reformed to include a law to create new rules in regards to human rights by placing a person's dignity at the center of government action. Since then, authorities have to fulfill tasks: promote, respect, protect, and guarantee human rights.

There have been developments since 2011, in both the government and society, to fulfill and to demand the respect of human rights...although this hasn't always been the case.

Today EL UNIVERSAL revealed that torture has prevailed, despite the constitutional reforms, especially sexual torture against women.

Numbers from the National Statistics and Geography Institute (INEGI), revealed that from 2009 to 2016, from every 10 women who are arrested in Mexico, 8 were tortured before being presented before a judge. 76% of them said torture took place during the arrest and another 65% said that it happened while they were in custody.

In contrast with the INEGI, civil society organizations have registered each case by name and last name. The Miguel Agustín Pro Human Rights Center has registered at least 29 sexual torture cases between 2006 and 2015. On the other hand, International Amnesty registered 72 sexual abuse cases against women when they were detained and during the following hours.

The officials accused of sexual abuse work in different areas: municipal police officers, state police officers, Federal police officers, soldiers, and marines. There is no government body who hasn't committed this crime in at least one case. How to change this monstrous behavior? How to demand the government to punish the criminals, if they are part of its structure?

On Wednesday, over 100 civil society organizations will attend a session of the United Nation's Committee against Torture to present a report.

It has been proven that filing complains at international bodies and organizations is more effective to obtain justice than denouncing the crimes in Mexico. Last November, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that the Mexican government was guilty of sexual torture against 11 women in 2006 when they were protesting against the construction of the new airport in San Salvador Atenco.

Previous administrations have refused to acknowledge torture but now, with a leftist government, it is expected that it will acknowledge it and that the accusations and sanctions from outside the country won't be necessary. Mexico is urgently required to commit to respect human rights and punish those who use torture.


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