On 17 May 2019, the UN Committee against Torture called on Mexico to create stronger and more independent public institutions to investigate torture and provide rehabilitation to its victims.
Osvaldo was tortured to confess to a kidnapping he did not commit. With the help of CCTI, he was proven innocent and received support to rebuild his life.
To ensure that victims’ needs are central in these efforts, the Committee recommended the creation of an independent forensic institute to investigate torture complaints and the strengthening the Federal and Local Commissions for Attention to Victims (CEAV). The recommendations, which were developed in a dialogue with the State, provide a blueprint for the new Government to eradicate a problem that threatens the very fabric of democratic society.
The Colectivo Contra la Tortura y Impunidad (CCTI), IRCT’s member in Mexico, is a leading organisation in providing and promoting support to torture victims in the country. Reacting to the recommendations, Mr Cristian Urbalejo, CCTI’s Coordinator said, “These recommendations are essential in holding the Government accountable for its obligations to torture victims. We will work with our civil society partners to push the state to take action. We believe that a good start would be for the State to make a public declaration from the highest office that torture will not be accepted that and all victims should never be treated as criminals but as citizens with rights”
CCTI and the IRCT worked with our civil society partners to make sure that our knowledge and expertise was available for the the Committee dialogue with the Mexican Government. We are the leading experts on rehabilitation and medical forensic documentation of torture in Mexico and globally. This expertise will be essential to ensure that future initiatives make a real difference in the lives of victims.
“If the State demonstrates its willingness to make improvements, we will make sure that our expert knowledge contributes to these efforts so that we can finally turn the tide on torture in Mexico”, said IRCT Advocacy Director, Asger Kjaerum.