Tackling crimes of torture and impunity are priority issues for the Government of Mexico.

Though challenges remain on this matter, Mexico reaffirms its strong commitment to act, prevent and punish such crimes, as well as work towards the complete eradication of this serious issue.

On June 27, 2017, the General Law to Prevent, Investigate and Punish Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment replaced the existing Federal and Local laws on torture.

The draft was prepared through a consultation process with citizens, NGOs, and state governments, as well as with the assistance of the Red Cross and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Important actions to erradicate torture


Forced Disappearances

On January 16th, 2018, entered into force the General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons, Disappearance Committed by Individuals and the National Persons Search System.

The General Law was worked through a consultation process, involving civil society organizations, local governments and has the orientation of the Red Cross and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In addition to the National Persons Search System, the Law also creates the National Search Commission, a Citizen Council and the National Registry of Missing and Non-Located Persons.

The Office of the Attorney General began the operation of the AM/PM database through an agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This database has sensitive and useful information for search and rescue operations as well as for the identification of deceased people.

It is methodologically relevant to differentiate between missing persons, disappeared persons and victims of enforced disappearances:

The National Registry Database of Lost or Missing Persons includes 3 categories: missing persons, disappeared persons and victims of enforced disappearances. In this sense, the total number of said database does not correspond to the total of victims of forced disappearance.