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Protest Vigil against Torture in Mexico – Yecenia Armenta
12th April 2016 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
For decades, Amnesty has exposed governments who torture. We have supported torture survivors to get justice. We also led international pressure that resulted in the UN Convention against Torture 30 years ago. Today, laws against torture are in place almost everywhere. Yet you only have to glance at the news to know that laws alone are not enough: we are witnessing a global crisis on torture. Over the last five years, Amnesty International has reported on torture in 141 countries – three-quarters of the world.
Torture is thriving because rather than respecting the law, many governments are either actively using torture or turning a blind eye.
Take with us this opportunity to stand up against this:
On April 12th, the Mexican President will visit Germany. In Mexico, torture and impunity is widespread. One example:
In July 2012, Yecenia Armenta was taken into police custody in Mexico and brutally tortured into confessing to the murder of her husband. Her attackers beat her for hours, raped her and threatened to kill her children. In spite of independent medical evidence that torture took place, the ‘confession’ was used to charge Yecenia with no proof at all. More: [in English] [ in German]
On her case, a solemn vigil is organized by the Youth group of Amnesty Munich at Odeonsplatz. Everybody is welcome to join, if Amnesty member or not. Please bring friends and supporters!
Help us to make Amnesty’s global STOP-TORTURE! campaign (finishing this month) visible all over Germany.