Frames from the prison video that surfaced Tuesday. Frames from the prison video that surfaced Tuesday.

Prison video reveals abuse of inmates

Dressed in women's underwear, inmates suffer aggression in Nuevo León prison

Officials in Nuevo León have confirmed that video footage showing verbal, physical and sexual abuse of prison inmates was taken in the state prison in Apodaca.

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The video, which began circulating Tuesday night, shows inmates, some dressed in women’s underwear and others nude, scrubbing a floor and being harassed by other inmates who were fully dressed.

The state has promised a full investigation. Police began searching the institution Tuesday night, finishing up early yesterday morning. They discovered 27 prohibited items, including screwdrivers, scissors, a three-inch nail, a cell phone, nine metal nail cutters, marijuana residue and a 150-gram bag of cocaine.

The 1-1/2-minute video triggered reaction from another quarter as well.

Seven narcomantas, signs bearing messages from drug cartels, went up in the greater Monterrey area yesterday, warning the aggressors, whom they described as traitors, that they would be “exterminated.”

The authors also offered a US $50,000 reward for the person behind the prison violence.

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The National Human Rights Commission warned two years ago that abuse and violence were a problem in the prison and last year gave it a rating of 5.85 on a scale of one to 10. The commission charged it was overpopulated, that conditions were crowded and programs to prevent and attend to incidents of violence were insufficient, among other irregularities.

Yesterday it advised that self-government by inmates in prisons was the result of the absence of authority.

Capacity of the Apodaca prison is 1,522 inmates; the actual prison population is nearly 2,000.

Source: Milenio (sp), Reforma (sp)

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  • Barbara Spencer

    If the Human Rights Commission knew this was a problem two years ago, why haven’t they been following up on this? Totally disgusting!

    • miabeach

      They were too busy complaining about Trump. They were all too busy calling a,Erica s racist for demanding illegal aliens leave our country. The Human Rights Commission was too busy holding meetings to fight against the United States desire to build a wall. They were too busy hiring lawyers to force the USA allow more and more Muslim terrorists come in unvented.

      Read up about the Brazilian prisioners who are killing and then eating their fellow inmates while the Himan Rights commission complains about the United States.

  • Beau

    Apparently, the prisoners are child rapists and kidnappers. What goes around, comes around— in jail.

    • Doña Barola

      Just because your dog shytes on my lawn, does not make it OK for me to send my dogs to shyte on and f…yours… especially not after I have put your dogs in a cage. This is why agreements like the Geneva convention exist. We are supposed to be better than they are.

      • Güerito

        This was not abuse by the prison guards, at least not directly.

        In most prisons in Mexico a dominant group of inmates literally runs the prison. In this case, the prison is run by a faction of Los Zetas cartel. The guys on the ground getting abused are members of a rival faction of Los Zetas.

        Not excusing it by any means, but just so there’s some context.

      • Beau

        ????

  • gypsyken

    “The Mexican government is quietly trying to rip up basic legal protections for its citizens at home and gut longstanding efforts to fix the nation’s broken rule of law. Legal experts fear the move will set back human rights in Mexico by decades. . . . Legal scholars say it will broaden the power of the Mexican government to detain suspects for years before trial, enable the police to rely on hearsay in court and potentially allow prosecutors to use evidence obtained by torture. . . . the bill, which has not yet been approved by Congress, flips the very premise of modern justice on its head: Rather than innocent before proved guilty, it would require concrete evidence of reasonable doubt, essentially shifting the burden of proof to the accused. . . .

    “’Mexico has worked hard to promote its image as a state that defends or advances international human rights,’ said James Cavallaro, a commissioner on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and a professor at Stanford Law School. ‘But at home, the human rights situation is simply dreadful: severe abuse, torture, summary executions and virtually guaranteed impunity.’. . .

    “The governing party and other lawmakers have also submitted several versions of a separate law that would legalize the army’s enforcement of domestic security, a role the military has played without a legal mandate since the drug war began a decade ago. During that time, torture and extrajudicial killings have soared. According to the government’s own data, the military kills far more combatants than it injures.”

    This damming critique of proposed “reforms” to Mexico’s system of “justice” deserves to be read.

    From The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/16/world/americas/mexico-trump-pena-nieto-wall-drug-war.html?emc=edit_nn_20170317&nl=morning-briefing&nlid=79086786&te=1.

    While Scolding Trump, Mexico Seeks to Curtail Citizens’ Rights
    By AZAM AHMEDMARCH 16, 2017

    • Güerito

      Yeah, I saw that NY Times piece. I highlighted these parts:

      “In promoting Brand Mexico, the government has fashioned the image of an ascending nation, a regional leader ready to take its place on the global stage, competitive on issues of trade, economics and culture. And yet, presented with mounting violence, vast inequality and a human rights crisis in which torture at the hands of security forces is “generalized,” in the words of the United Nations, the same government frequently runs roughshod over the rights it claims to defend.

      When Mr. Trump ordered a wall between the two nations, the Mexicans called it an alarming assault on their dignity, vowing to defend their citizens in the United States and publicly insisting last month that “all Mexicans should be treated with absolute respect to their civil rights and human rights.”

      But back home, the Mexican government was busy doing the opposite, introducing a bill to reverse central tenets of the new justice system with such little publicity that many lawmakers, judges and defense lawyers do not even know about it.

      International bodies that oversee Mexico’s human rights record say the legislation is part of a long pattern by the government. In its handling of the vast corruption that runs through the justice and political systems, the impunity of its security forces, or the investigations into the tens of thousands of disappearances across the country, they say, the government often undermines the major breakthroughs it claims to be making.”

  • WestCoastHwy

    Come on, that’s a Mexican Frat Party happening. And you thought is was those garch darn Hillbillies.

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