Torture prevention in Mexico: Building the capacity of the legal profession

Thursday 9 March 2017

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"I am convinced that the primary role in combating torture is ours, as lawyers."

-     Juan E. Mendez, Special Rapporteur on torture (2010-2016)


For four years the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) has been working with the Mexican legal profession on capacity building for torture prevention. Visiting the states of Nuevo León, Ciudad de México, Oaxaca, Veracruz and Estado de Mexico, we brought together judges, lawyers, public defenders and prosecutors for them to gain a better understanding of their responsibility in the prevention and prosecution of torture and ill or degrading treatment.

Click below to watch a short video which explains the challenges that Mexico faces and how we have been working with the country’s legal profession to break the cycle of impunity and support Mexicans to ensure justice for victims of torture.

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This work has been possible thanks to support from the British Embassy in Mexico.