Mexico: General Law on Torture Improved and Passed
In December 2016 a section of the Mexican Government made four regressive changes to a General Law on Torture that had been drafted to combat widespread torture incidents. The alterations would have increased an impunity for torture and undermined access to justice.
In reaction to these worrying changes, an appeal was sent to Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network. The network was asked to send appeals to members of Congress to eliminate the regressive parts of the law and to take into account information from victims in discussions.
On the 19th of April, a new version of the law was passed, all previous regressive changes had been improved, and the law was in line with UN and Amnesty International recommendations.
The improvements made to the General Law on Torture are an excellent outcome and were achieved in part by pressure from Amnesty International’s Urgent Action Network. Sources within the Congress said many letters were received from Amnesty International members and that the pressure was felt.
This positive result shows that change happens when we take action together.