Torture in Mexico Is out of Control

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Torture in Mexico Is out of Control

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Dianna Ortiz, the American nun tortured in Guatemala, and David Sanchez, a Mexican human rights defender. | Photo: David Sanchez Dianna Ortiz, the American nun tortured in Guatemala, and David Sanchez, a Mexican human rights defender. | Photo: David Sanchez

In four years, 7,000 cases of torture were reported, but the number could be much greater, said David Sanchez, human rights defender.

The practice of torture by security forces in Mexico is out of control, human rights defender David Sanchez told teleSUR on Sunday, adding that complaints by victims of cruel and unusual punishment by police and military have increased by about 600 percent compared to 2003.

“In 2013 alone, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) reported at least 1,505 denunciations by victims of torture, which is 600 percent more than 10 years earlier,” said Sanchez, who worked for the Committee Against Torture and Impunity (CCTI) for many years.

The human rights activist said cases of torture could be much higher than reported…

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