Mexico’s president wants to release tortured prisoners

(Mexico City) Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Thursday his intention to sign a decree to release prisoners tortured in federal prisons.

Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 1:02 pm

“Any prisoner in a federal prison who has been tortured and falls under the framework of the Istanbul Protocol will be released,” Lopez Obrador said during his daily morning press conference.

We don’t want torture in Mexico. Nobody deserves to be tortured.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

The Istanbul Protocol, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in August 1999 and then by the Human Rights Commission on December 4, 2000, is an international reference manual used to investigate cases of torture and other punishments or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment is used .

PHOTO EDGARD GARRIDO, REUTERS

Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador stressed that the Mexican state would not accept “any confession obtained under torture” […] We cannot continue these medieval practices, which are completely contrary to the most basic human rights.

The left-wing president said a presidential decree would be drafted and signed next week for the detainees concerned so that they could be released before September 15.

“No confession obtained under torture”

Mr Lopez Obrador stressed that the Mexican state would not accept “any confession obtained under torture” […] We cannot continue these medieval practices, which are completely contrary to the most basic human rights.

The decree provides for the release of people who have been detained for 10 years for minor crimes and have not yet been convicted, detainees over the age of 75 and others over the age of 65 with illnesses.

There are 220,114 prisoners in Mexico. Of those, 94,547 have not been convicted, including 12,358 who, according to the Mexican president, are charged with federal crimes.

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