Target: Jesús Murillo Karam, Federal Attorney General
Goal: Tell the Mexican government to make reparations to a woman who was kidnapped, tortured, and raped by government forces, and demand that those responsible be brought to justice.
Torture has been on the rise in Mexico over the past several years. No one knows this better than Miriam Isaura López Vargas, who spent months being tortured and raped while in custody for a crime she vehemently denies committing. Although she was released over two years ago, her torturers are still at large. Join with others from around the globe in demanding justice for Miriam López.
In February 2011, Miriam López was taken into custody on suspicion of drug trafficking; López maintains her innocence, explaining that her frequent trips through military checkpoints were simply visits to her mother, who lives several miles away. Despite her protests, she was abducted by two masked, armed men who told a terrified and confused López to “shut up or they would blow [her] head off.”
López spent a week being held in a military barracks in Tijuana, where she was repeatedly raped and tortured as a means of making her confess. She recalls being subjected to electric shocks and simulated drowning, in which a wet cloth was held over her face as more water was poured on top of it. Throughout her ordeal, López refused to confess.
In September 2011, seven months after her abduction, Miriam López was released from detention when the charges against her were thrown out of court due to a lack of sufficient evidence. However, López still lives in fear, worrying that the masked men may return for her at any time. The mother of four is also still trying to come to grips with the trauma she faced in custody.
Do not let Miriam López stand alone in the face of such unspeakable evil. Sign the petition and demand that the federal attorney general address López’s case, offer her reparations, and bring those responsible to justice once and for all. Take a stand against violence. Stand with Miriam.
Dear Attorney General,
It has been over two years since Miriam Isaura López Vargas was abducted, and repeatedly raped and tortured at the hands of government forces, but she has seen no justice done. The Mexican government’s lack of response to this case is sickening and incredibly disheartening. I urge you, therefore, to launch a full and impartial investigation into López’s ordeal, to make the results of said investigation publicly available, to offer reparations to López and her family, and to bring those responsible for her ill-treatment to justice.
Miriam López is an innocent woman; a court found that there was insufficient evidence to even bring her to trial for charges of drug trafficking. Despite being repeatedly raped and tortured, López maintained her innocence and continues to deny accusations that she trafficked drugs through military checkpoints. Even if she had been guilty, however, there is nothing that could ever justify the treatment she suffered at the hands of soldiers—those who are sworn to protect the citizens of Mexico. Her case is far from an isolated one, however; Amnesty International reports that Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission found that incidences of “torture and ill-treatment rose by 500 percent in Mexico from 2006 to 2012,”
Do not leave an innocent woman to face a lifetime of fear and lingering trauma alone. Do not allow soldiers—representatives of Mexico’s government and people—to perpetrate such heinous crimes without facing any consequences. I urge you to investigate Miriam López’s horrifying ordeal and bring those responsible to justice.
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