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UN slams Mexico for human rights record

A United Nations report has placed Mexico among the worst 30 countries in the world for human rights abuses, with Venezuela being the only other Latin American country on the list.

UN Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said Mexico offered a “cruel example of how criminal violence could threaten hard-earned democratic gains.”

The report was presented on Monday before the Human Rights Commission in Geneva. The UN special rapporteur on torture, Juan Mendez, wrote that “torture and ill treatment during detention are generalized in Mexico, and occur in a context of impunity.”

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