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Mexico human rights commission warns of continuing torture

[JURIST] Mexico's National Commission for Human Rights [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday said that the country's police and prosecutors continue to use torture [JURIST news archive] despite pledges by President Vicente Fox [official website, in Spanish] to halt such tactics. Jose Luis Soberanes [IIJ profile], president of the commission, said that officials were increasingly resorting to psychological rather than physical forms of torture. He urged the government to be more vigilant in its efforts to eliminate abuses. According to the commission, threats, simulated executions and forcing victims to watch others being tortured were forms that had been used by authorities in Mexico [JURIST news archive]. Soberanes said 12 complaints had been filed thus far this year, although that number did not include state level reports of torture. In the past 15 years, 7,000 torture complaints had been filed. Reuters has more.

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