The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a stakeholder report addressing gender-based violence and violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons for the 66th Session of the Committee Against Torture held in May 2019.
The report addresses Mexico’s failure to comply with international human rights obligations. As a State party to the Convention Against Torture (CAT), Mexico has an obligation to ensure that no person—including women and LGBTI individuals—are subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. Nevertheless, gender-based violence and violence against LGBTI individuals in Mexico persist, as indicated by direct information that the Advocates received from survivors seeking asylum in the United States and wider research. Between 2014 and 2016, 202 LGBTI persons were victims of homicide, and in 2016 alone, 2668 Mexican women were murdered.
The issue of violence is exacerbated by an inefficient legal framework and impunity. While the Mexican Congress established a framework to combat gender-based violence, this law has not been fully implemented across Mexico, and some legal mechanisms have proven ineffective. The problem is compounded by impunity, corruption in the law enforcement and justice systems in Mexico, and lack of accountability for members of organized criminal gangs who perpetrated many instances of violence that the Advocates’ clients experienced.
The Advocates proposes the following recommendations to the government of Mexico:
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