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Miriam Isaura López Vargas

Mexico

It took Miriam Isaura López Vargas several weeks to piece together what had happened to her. On February 2, 2011 the 30-year-old mother of four had just dropped three of her children off at school when two masked men forced her into a van, blindfolded her and tied her hands.

"I didn't know who they were or anything, and when I asked them they put a gun to my head and told me to shut up or they would blow my head off..." Miriam was taken to a military barracks in the city of Tijuana in the state of Baja California, about 52 miles away, where she was kept for a week.

"In that place they tortured me. They repeatedly put a wet cloth over my face and poured water over it so I couldn't breathe. They gave me electric shocks," she recalls. Soldiers raped and tortured Miriam repeatedly, trying to force her to "confess" to trafficking drugs through a military checkpoint. She maintains that she was only traveling 28 miles to visit her mother, a journey she made several times a week. Miriam was finally released on September 2, 2011, after the charges and case against her were thrown out of court for lack of evidence. Today, Miriam still struggles to come to terms with these experiences.

Miriam López is not alone. According to Mexico's National Human Rights Commission Reports, torture and ill-treatment rose by 500 percent in Mexico from 2006 to 2012. Even when those alleged to be responsible for torture are investigated, convictions for such crimes are very rare. Your letter can help bring Miriam's torturers to justice.

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Urge him to carry out a full, prompt and impartial investigation into the torture of Miriam López in 2011. Ask that he make the results of the investigation public and bring those responsible to justice.

Call on him to ensure truth, justice and reparations for Miriam López.

Jesús Murillo Karam
Federal Attorney General
Procuradur√≠a General de la República
Paseo de la Reforma 211-213
Col. Cuauhtémoc, C.P. 06500
Mexico City
Mexico
Email: ofproc@pgr.gob.mx
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