The situation is out of control. We, inhabitants (residents) in Luxembourg, thousands of kilometers away from a Mexico submerged in constant violations of human rights share the suffering of our fellow Mexicans though our anguish is more subtle. Torture extends to our lives as we suffer the fear for the lives of our family, friends and community by the systematic violations of human rights and the absence of justice in a country that is falling for more than a decade in a downward spiral of injustice and violence.
The separate cases of Claudia Medina in Veracruz, the Delgado Durán family in Baja California and Wilbert Terán in Chihuahua—between many others—where the public authorities broke into their homes, tortured them, obligated them to admit confessions they did not commit and jailed them… shows that nobody is safe at their own home. The case of bystanders and peaceful protestors confronted with excessive abuse of force by the authorities show that protesting for human rights is criminalized. Besides the cases reported by AI, one case has stand out among the outcry of the Mexican society. In what began as a peaceful protest (the 9th of July) a 13 year old child, José Luis Alberto Tehuatlie Tamayo, was presumably killed by a rubber bullet shot by the police. The authorities deny it but the community has collected rubber bullets, tear gas and other evidence that supports their case. Two months before the event, the state authorities passed a law nicknamed “bullet law” that allows police forces to use firearms to dissolve and contain demonstrations. AI considered it then a measure that criminalizes protests. Not least, the 26,000 people disappeared between 2006 and 2012 without any government accountability or resolution to what happened to them shows the disregard for the rule of law. These cases of public authority abuse extend to the whole society but acquire more rage against vulnerable groups object to economic, racial and gender discrimination, like the case of Ángel Colón, a Honduran immigrant, and AI’s prisoner of consciousness.
These are just cherry-picked cases of the systematic abuses of the public authorities. Mexico becomes slowly a country of prisoners of consciousness and their deaths and torture: a country of total impunity. They serve as horrible examples of what happens to anybody that stands up in the defense of human rights for the whole society. Journalists, social activists and human rights lawyers among many others are confronted with threats and menaces from the authorities, not to mention arbitrary detention and torture.
And despite this adversity, people still rise, still fight, and still face the consequences of systematic torture by the Mexican authorities. We want to join this fight and call from our far away homes to Stéphane Hessel’s Indignez-vous! We call upon justice and the attainment to the international laws on human rights (Istanbul Protocol) and the national laws already in place. Stop torture! Stop ill-treatment! We endorse the recommendations of AI for the Mexican government to meet its obligation to end this practice of torture and other ill-treatments. Even for serious criminals, torture is unacceptable and prohibited by international law. There is no question regarding this and immediate measures must be taken.