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Stop Torture: Justice for Claudia
Mexico, action created 16.5.2014, petition is active
Claudia Medina is a Mexican woman from the town of Veracruz, who was arrested in her house by marines in August 2012. Claudie was then taken to a neraby naval base, where she was tortured and sexually assualted. She was accused of being a member of a powerful and violent criminal gang, which she flatly denied. The next day, Claudia was pressured into signing a statement she had not even read.
Marines broke into Claudia Medina's home that she shared with her husband and three children on 7 August 2012.
They tied her hands, blindfolded her and took her to a naval base in Veracruz City. They accused her of being a member of a powerful and violent criminal gang, which she flatly denied.
Claudia later described how the torturers gave her electric shocks and wrapped her in plastic to prevent bruising when they beat and kicked her. They sexually assaulted her, tied her to a chair and left her outside in the scorching afternoon sun.
The next day, Claudia was pressured into signing a statement she had not even read. Later that month, all but one of the charges against her were dropped, and she was released on bail.
If Claudia had been allowed a medical examination after she said she had been tortured, she may have had the evidence needed to convict her torturers. Claudia's torture allegations have never been investigated.
Torture and ill-treatment are used routinely by Mexican police and security forces. Reports of torture increased alarmingly between 2006 and 2012, when the government adopted a military approach to tackling organised crime.
Between 2010 and 2013, 7,164 complaints of torture and other ill-treatment were registered with the National Human Rights Commission but the federal judiciary recorded only seven convictions. Complaints are rarely investigated adequately. As a result, perpetrators go unpunished and statements obtained under torture are accepted as evidence.
Mexico has ratified the UN Convention against Torture and its constitution prohibits torture, and yet it remains rife.