Almost 1000 complaints of torture reported to the FGE in Yucatán

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MÉRIDA, MX.- Activists in Yucatán exposed this during Human Rights Day that from January 2018 to June 2021, 965 complaints were filed before the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE) for this crime, so they ask that there be an effective protocol to rule out or confirm cases that are reported in the state.

Through a transparency request made by the Indignación team, it was detailed that in 2018 there were 226 complaints of torture; in 2019 there were 425 and in 2020, there were 190.

In all cases, the complaints were directed to elements of the Ministry of Public Security (SSP), for allegedly being the ones who abuse the most at the time of arrests and one of the observations they made is that not one of the files was prosecuted.

In view of these figures, activists state that an effective protocol is urgently needed to rule out or confirm cases of torture in the state.

There have been 21 complaints filed against the Municipal Police for this reason and therefore, if police officers at the state and municipal levels have complaints of torture, activists say: enough of denying torture in Yucatan!

From 2018 to 2020 alone, 862 complaints of torture were filed before the FGE, but the Human Rights Commission of the State of Yucatan (Codhey) only issued 10 recommendations on this issue, so those who report are describing this institution as inoperative and omissive.

So far, the recommendations made by the Codhey for cases of torture have all been directed to the SSP.