Wednesday, May 18

The UN asks Mexico to solve the case of torture of journalist Lydia Cacho

The UN Women and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN-DH) demanded this Thursday from the Mexican Government “the full clarification of the attacks” against the journalist Lydia Cacho, tortured in 2005. Given the recent protection received by businessman José Kamel Nacif, accused of torturing the journalist, UN agencies “recall the obligation of the institutions of the Mexican State to guarantee an effective investigation of crimes and human rights violations.”

The ruling is published after Article 19 denounced on Tuesday that a court in Quintana Roo, in southeastern Mexico, exonerated Nacif after granting him an amparo that frees him from all responsibility in the Cacho case.

The journalist was arrested in December 2005 by a dozen policemen who, without an arrest warrant, transferred her from Cancun to Puebla in a vehicle owned by Nacif, a textile industry businessman. Nacif was one of the main ones mentioned in the book “Los Demonios del Edén” in which the journalist denounced a plot of child pornography and prostitution that involved businessmen close to the then governor of Puebla, Mario Marín.

“Impunity in the case of Lydia Cacho not only affects the journalist and her relatives, (but also) favors the repetition of crimes and human rights violations and negatively impacts all women in Mexico who practice journalism and violence. defense of human rights “, denounced the UN. The United Nations agencies indicated that Mexico must comply with the opinion of the UN Human Rights Committee, which determined that the Mexican State violated the right of access to an effective judicial remedy, equality and non-discrimination. This, he added, was in relation to protection against torture, protection of personal liberty and security, and respect for freedom of expression.

“The activity of journalists and human rights defenders is essential in a democratic society. Ms. Cacho’s own work has demonstrated the importance of journalism,” the UN said.

The Government of Mexico, under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has publicly apologized for the case, but the journalist and civil associations have denounced that impunity persists. Questioned about the issue, López Obrador commented in his morning press conference that he will ask the Ministry of the Interior (Segob) to review Nacif’s exoneration because “there must be other instances.” However, he attributed it to the problems that exist in the judiciary. “A reform is necessary, a reform of the Judiciary is urgent,” he argued this Thursday.



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