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Mexico - Committee Against Torture - Gender-based Violence, LGBTIQ+ Rights, and Organized Crime - January 2022

Date: January 24, 2022
Country: Mexico
Type: Intl Mechanism Submission
Issues: Gender-Based Violence, LGBTIQ+ Rights
Mechanism: UN Committee against Torture
Report Type: List of Issues Prior to Reporting
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Widespread violence, particularly gender-based violence and violence targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons, continues to increase throughout Mexico. The problem is compounded by criminal gang activities, as well as the lack of an independent and impartial system for combatting impunity, fighting corruption, and carrying out independent and impartial criminal investigations.

Despite significant reforms to the criminal justice system, individuals continue to lack adequate protection from violence and human rights abuses to which law enforcement is complicit, if not directly involved. Even where cases are brought to trial, there is significant pressure against the pursuit of justice on behalf of victims of human rights abuses.

The 2007 General Law on Women's Access to a Life Free of Violence has not been fully implemented across Mexico. Further, certain legal mechanisms introduced under the General Law have not proven to be effective, as violence against women remains a major concern. In 2020, 3,723 Mexican women were victims of homicide. The government inadequately investigates most cases of gender-based violence, with perpetrators enjoying impunity. Moreover, LGBTI persons in Mexico experience discrimination, harassment, and the threat of violence; murders of LGBTI persons occur at a rate of nearly six homicides per month.