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Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies Unanimously Approves Major Anti-Torture Initiative

LADB Article ID: 80274
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2017-04-26
By: Carlos Navarro

In what supporters described as a historic development, the Chamber of Deputies unanimously approved a comprehensive initiative to prevent torture and punish those who engage in this practice. The measure was approved by a vote of 417-0 on April 19, with no abstentions. The initiative contains modifications that the lower house made to an anti-torture measure approved by the Senate in December 2016. At that time, the representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) in Mexico urged the lower house to make the changes necessary to the Senate measure to make the law more succinct. It now reflects the comprehensive nature of the bill, the Ley General para Prevenir, Investigar y Sancionar la Tortura y otros Tratos o Penas Crueles, Inhumanas o Degradantes (General Law to Prevent, Investigate, and Punish Torture and Other Abuses or Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatments or Sentences). Deputy Armando Luna Canales, who presented the 96-article legislative proposal in the name of the semi-autonomous National Human Rights Commission (Comisión Nacional de los Derechos Humanos, CNDH), said the law was necessary because a large percentage of the Mexican population has historically condoned both the violation of an individual’s human rights and the use of violence to fight crime.

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