Acapulco youth refused to sell drugs so they cut off his fingers


Source: Mexico News Daily

A teenager had his fingers cut off for refusing to sell drugs in Acapulco, Guerrero, an incident that triggered the northward flight of another family to flee violence.

The 16-year-old’s index fingers were removed on both hands with a machete for refusing to be recruited by a gang.


Migrants returned to Mexico describe horror of kidnappings, torture, rape


Source: NBC News

After Gustavo and his family were sent back to Mexico after they crossed the U.S. border, his two sons said they were hungry. Gustavo, a Honduran man, sat them on the steps of the bridge and crossed the street to buy them something to eat. He remembers that a car approached him as he walked those steps. “They put me in the car. The children stayed there, waiting for me, but I didn’t come back.”

He had been kidnapped.

Days later, on the same bridge, Jorge Geovanni Díaz, also from Honduras, found himself holding hands with his son, who is 7, after the U.S. returned them to Mexico. Discouraged, he called their smuggler, or coyote. They were picked up in front of the international bridge and taken to a bodega, where almost 200 people were hoping to cross the river again. All of a sudden, armed men came in and violently took them all away. For this man and his child, 44 harsh days in captivity began.


Mexico president says thousands of federal prisoners to be freed under new decree


Source: Reuters

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday a new presidential decree would liberate thousands of federal prisoners in special circumstances, including torture victims.

The decree would free by Sept. 15 federal prisoners of any age who were accused of any crime if they had been victims of torture, Lopez Obrador said in a regular news conferences.


Mexico vows to eradicate torture of detainees

4/25/2019 – Reuters

Flag-of-the-United-NationsBy Stephanie Nebehay

Mexico vowed on Thursday to eradicate the torture of detainees which U.N. experts and activists said is systematically committed by security forces and investigators who go unpunished.

The U.N. Committee against Torture, composed of 10 independent experts, has begun a two-day review of Mexico’s record in complying with an international treaty banning the crime.

Activists said on Wednesday that Mexico’s security forces and prison authorities commit systematic torture and rape of detainees with “near-universal” impunity.

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Mexican general gets 52 years for torturing, killing man

4/29/16 The Washington Post

San-Quentin-Prison-5.jpgMEXICO CITY — A judge has sentenced a general in the Mexican army to 52½ years in prison for ordering the torture of a suspect, then having his body burned, Mexico’s federal judiciary council said Thursday.

The sentence was among the longest ever against a senior army officer.

The council said the conviction came in a 2008 case in the northern state of Chihuahua. The judge also ordered the army to publicly apologize, clear the victim’s name and pay his family damages.

The judge in the case did not release the general’s name in the public case record. But the case number on the docket was the same as one linked in local media reports to Gen. Manuel Moreno Avina, who formerly commanded an army unit in the town of Ojinaga, across the border from Presidio, Texas.

Troops under the general’s command detained a suspect in a soldier’s death and tortured him for hours with electric shocks until he died. They then took the man’s body to a ranch and burned it.

The man was detained by soldiers just after midnight July 25, 2008. According to the council, the court found that soldiers “tied him up and watered him down in order to apply electric shocks on his body, in order to obtain information about the death of a soldier.”

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Mexico: Arrest Warrants for 5 Agents in Torture Video Case

4/20/16 ABC News

15425770747_dd7a4b3a8f_mAuthorities issued arrest warrants for five security agents in connection with the torture of a young woman that was caught on video, Mexican federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The Attorney General’s Office said the warrants target three Federal Police officers, two of whom were taken into custody the same day, and two soldiers who were to be served at a military prison where they were already being held. The third police officer had not yet been detained.

The Attorney General’s Office said in a statement that the five are suspected of torture committed against the woman after she was detained Feb. 4, 2015, in Ajuchitlan del Progreso, in the troubled southern state of Guerrero.

The warrants came from a civil court judge in the city of Iguala.

The video circulated on social and traditional media in recent days and prompted both widespread condemnation and apologies from Mexico’s defense minister and national security commissioner.

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Torture of ordinary Mexicans may be shocking, but it’s not surprising Daniel Peña

4/19/16 The Guardian

Mezcala_(or_Balsas)_River_in_Guerrero,_MexicoThe now-infamous video of Mexican soldiers helping a federal police officer torture and interrogate a female suspect in Ajuchitlán del Progreso, Guerrero, this past February seems to be another confirmation that there are two classes of Mexicans. There are those who are exempt from consequences (politicians and the wealthy, including Mexico’s military elite) who operate with impunity in Mexico. And then there are the rest of us, regularly policed by force with the active participation of Mexico’s military and federal police in intimidation tactics and the violation of human rights.

The world might rightly be shocked by the way the woman in the video was asphyxiated with plastic bags, by the way she screamed as the muzzle of a gun was pressed to her skull, but every Mexican knows that this single story of torture is part of a pattern.

Just last week, Mexico’s Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos confirmedthe involvement of two Mexican federal police in the disappearance of the 43 students in Ayotzinapa. In the 2014 Tlatlaya massacre, Mexican soldiers were allegedly ordered by senior officers to murder 22 civilians who had already surrendered to Mexican forces. Also that year, National Autonomous University of Mexico student and poet Sandino Bucio was arrested by plainclothes federal police, presumably for having participated in the 20 November march in Mexico City in support of the then recently disappeared Ayotzinapa students.

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Five bodies with hands bound found in Mexico

8/1/15 Yahoo News

censorshipFive bodies with their hands bound and some with apparent signs of torture were found in a home in Mexico City, police said Saturday.

The bodies were found Friday night in a home in a middle class area after a call from neighbors, said an official from the city prosecutor’s office.

Police said the victims were three women and two men. Their hands were tied with tape, and some showed signs of torture.

The identities were not released, nor was there any immediate word on what the motive of the killings might be.

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UN Investigator Outs Mexico’s Effort to Whitewash Torture Report

PanAm Post, 4/6/2015

United NationsUN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Méndez says he was pressured by the Mexican government to alter the results of an investigation that determined torture in the country is “widespread” and goes virtually unpunished.+

Since publishing the report, Méndez has defended his findings against the Mexican government’s claims that the study was unprofessional and unethical. In a statement to Mexican Ambassador Jorge Lomónaco on April 1, the rapporteur argued his report was both fair and objective.

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U.S. Says Mexico Tortured American in Custody

The Wall Street Journal, 12/7/11

The U.S. Justice Department has determined that an American convicted in Mexico of drug trafficking was tortured by authorities while in Mexican custody, a move that immediately freed him from prison and added troubling official allegations of abuse in Mexico’s drug war.

The Department’s Parole Commission, an agency that sets release dates for Americans convicted of crimes abroad and transferred home, said that Shohn Huckabee, 24, was “tortured in foreign custody” after Mexican soldiers said they discovered marijuana in his car. Mr. Huckabee denies the charges.

The parole board reduced the five-year sentence given to him by a Mexican judge, and released him with “time served,” or 26 months, under a treaty signed between the two countries. The commission didn’t comment on the marijuana charges. A copy of the ruling was reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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