Target: Arely Gómez González, Attorney General of Mexico
Goal: Release torture victim and mother of two who has been illegally detained and coerced into confession.
A horrific nightmare for a young mother began in 2012. Yecenia Armenta was driving her relatives to a Northern Mexico airport when she was pulled over by plain-clothed policeman. The authorities kidnapped and blindfolded Armenta and took her to an unknown location. There, she was reportedly hung upside, beaten and raped for 15 hours. Then, the authorities allegedly threatened to kidnap, rape and kill her children. Desperate for the torture to end and still blindfolded, Armenta signed a confession to a crime that she did not commit. She has been in prison ever since.
Her nightmare did not end, however, once she signed the false confession. Insisting she’d been tortured, Armenta was seen by medical staff who reportedly failed to document her injuries. The Federal Attorney General Office also examined Armenta, but it wasn’t until months later, and concluded that she had not been tortured because the previous doctors did not document any signs of the incident. This is not uncommon in Mexico. It is well-known that “official examinations” of victims who have been tortured are not up to international standards.
Independent medical examiners who work within the guidelines of international standards have examined Armenta and concluded that she was indeed tortured. Despite this new evidence proving her false confession was brutally coerced, authorities continue to hold it against her, and the young mother remains in a Mexico prison away from her growing children.
Yecenia Armenta is one of countless torture victims being kidnapped and held captive in Mexico’s jails. The country contends it is part of its war against drugs, but it is clear that many of these “police” officials and soldiers are acting illegally and out of international human rights standards. Demand the Attorney General of Mexico investigate Yecenia Armenta’s case and free this young woman.
Dear Attorney General González,
It is well documented that Mexico’s war on drugs has claimed the lives, literally and figuratively, of numerous innocent people. Yecenia Armenta is not a drug lord; she is a mother of two who was innocently driving family to the airport when she was kidnapped from her car, taken somewhere, blindfolded, beaten, raped and emotionally abused for 15 hours. Is this what your country calls justice?
After torturing Ms. Armenta for those 15 hours, your “police officers” reportedly threatened to kidnap, rape and kill her two children. Ms. Armenta did what any mother would do: She signed a false confession and allowed herself to be fingerprinted all while still being blindfolded. She could not have known what she signed.
This violation against human rights is unthinkable and goes against international law. Ms. Armenta is one of many torture victims lying in Mexico’s prisons. You have no proof that Ms. Armenta did what she is accused of doing, and she has since recanted her confession and insists she was tortured into it, a fact that has been confirmed by independent medical examination.
You must conduct a full investigation into the charges against Yecenia Armenta. You must take into account the independent investigation, which confirms that Ms. Armenta was tortured into signing a false confession. You must drop the charges against this young woman and release her. Otherwise, you are also committing a heinous act against human rights.
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