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Ending Evidence Torture in Mexico

There is a great deal of focus in the human rights community on ending impunity for perpetrators of torture. This project seeks to reduce incentives for the use of torture by law enforcement officers in Mexico by focusing on the rights of torture victims that have been subject to criminal proceedings.

The project’s main purpose is to strengthen the procedural mechanisms that allow for fair defense free from use of torture and cruel treatment as well as to engage criminal defenders and ensure that they uphold these human rights.
The project’s aim is to introduce and develop public understanding of the new law, “Ley General para Prevenir, Investigar, y Sancionar la Tortura y otros Tratos o Penas Crueles, Inhumanos o Degradantes,” which purpose is to serve as the main framework in the fight against torture in Mexico. The law was enacted after several recommendations from international human rights bodies and consistent pressure from civil society.

The project is supported with 1 845 000 SEK.

What the project delivers

Capacity-building activities for defense lawyers, in the form of training and networks. As well as  opinion-forming activities such as campaigns in social media.

Why we support this project

Violence is one of the greatest threats to all forms of development. It destroys interpersonal trust and is particularly serious when carried out by the state and the judicial system. This project aims to contribute to the global goal of peaceful societies.

Project time status


This project started in June 2019 and ended in December 2020

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