Target: Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico
Goal: Investigate allegations of torture by a man imprisoned since 2009
Ángel Amílcar Colón Quevedo, a native of Honduras and member of the Garífuna community, was only planning on passing through Mexico in 2009 on his way to seek work in the United States. What he did not anticipate was his capture, arrest, and subsequent torture and conviction on charges of organized crimes. Sign the petition demanding an investigation into Ángel Colón’s allegations of torture and urging authorities in Mexico to release him.
Colón was captured during a raid on the house of the “people-smuggler” he was staying with, Amnesty International reports. He was beaten at the time of his arrest and forced to walk on his knees. He was tortured for nearly sixteen hours, his lawyer states, and during that time he was berated, stripped of his clothing, and called racial slurs. Finally, Colón was “forced to sign a statement to the federal public prosecutor, which was used to charge him with organized crime offenses,” Amnesty says. Despite the fact that Colón later retracted the statement, citing the torture he experienced as coercion, the document continues to be used as evidence against him. No investigation has been made into his allegations of torture, despite the fact that the findings of a medical examination carried out by “independent international forensic experts” corroborated Colón’s torture allegations. The findings have been submitted to the Federal Attorney General’s office, but so far the Attorney General has done nothing.
As a possible review of Colón’s case approaches, the world must pressure Mexican authorities to do the right thing. Sign the petition demanding an investigation into Ángel Colón’s allegations of torture and urging authorities to drop the charges against him.
I am writing to urge you to review the case against Ángel Amílcar Colón Quevedo, a Honduran national who has been imprisoned in Mexico since 2009, and to investigate his allegations of torture.
Ángel Colón was passing through Mexico on his way to the United States in 2009 when he was captured during a raid of the home he was staying in. Following his arrest, he was beaten, made to walk on his knees, stripped of his clothing, called racial slurs, and “nearly asphyxiated,” Amnesty International reports. Colón was subsequently forced to sign a document that stated he had been involved in organized crimes. Colón has retracted that statement before a judge, but it continues to be used as evidence against him in court.
An independent investigation found that Colón suffered from injuries consistent with his torture accusations, yet no investigation has been launched into his very serious allegations.
I demand justice for Ángel Colón. I urge you to drop the charges against him, and I demand a full and impartial investigation into his allegations of torture. The results of such an investigation must be made public, and those found responsible must face consequences for their actions.
Please do the right thing.
[Your Name Here]
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