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CAT status Status under the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment State Party since 23 January, 1986. State Party to the Optional Protocol to the Convention (OPCAT) since 11 April, 2005
Reviewed 2019 Read review


At a glance

The context of violence that prevails in Mexico has been escalating for years, as a result of the decision to involve the armed forces in the fight against drug trafficking. This increased militarization of public security has led to a swelling in the numbers of serious human rights violations, making Mexico one of the most dangerous countries in Latin America. Additionally, it now heads the list of countries on the American continent that have the highest impunity rate. Impunity further perpetuates violence and human rights violations. Faced with such daunting challenges, a strong and structured civil society has been working to monitor compliance with the recommendations of the Committee Against Torture (CAT). At the end of January 2019, a national meeting of civil society organisations took place, facilitated by OMCT and with the presence of national and international experts. As a result, more than 120 organizations prepared a joint alternative report that was presented to the CAT in April, during Mexico’s seventh periodic review.

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