Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Imprisoned autodefensa leader, Dr. Mireles confined to wheel chair, denied visitors

Lucio R. Borderland Beat

Through a video uploaded to the social network Facebook, Axel Dames, a spokesman for self-defense groups in Michoacán, reported that physicians say the founder of Michoacán autodefensa Dr. José Manuel Mireles Valverde, deteriorates rapidly because of the systematic denial of medical attention from the "authorities" of the Hermosillo, Sonora, prison he is incarcerated in.  He has been held in prison since June 27, 2014.

In the video, Axel Dames complains the courts should legally proceed for the immediate release of Dr. Mireles,  because required urgent medical attention has not been provided, and is the being obligation of the State to guarantee the safety of their prisoners.

Court rulings have been favorable to Mireles, but have acted dilatory in proceeding with other court procedures needed for his release.

Aside from being denied proper medical care, in a letter cited by the website ‘’Sin Embargo”, Mireles
says he has asked the magistrate in charge of his case, to file a claim against the “authorities” who he says are denying his right to receive visitors, for 10 months visitors have been denied access to him.

“Magistrate of the first Unitary Tribunal of the 10th Circuit”. Hereby I ask you for assistance to assure I am allowed visits and that my rights are respected, rights that every prisoner has.  For  10 ½ months they have completely denied visits by  anyone attempting  to see me, including those who are assisting in the  issues of my captivity (…).”

Only his attorney has been allowed access to Dr. Mireles, no one on his list of visitors have been granted a visit.  Including his advocates such as general José Francisco Gallardo or el padre Alejandro Solalinde,

Dr. Mireles did not complete his rehabilitation for injuries he suffered in a plane crash.  He left Mexico City to return to Michoacán because of the takeover of the autodefensa union by Estanislao Beltrán, who unilaterally, without benefit of a vote, ousted Dr. Mireles and took over as the AD spokesman.  Beltran began working closely with Alfredo Castillo to oust Dr Mireles.

Dr. Mireles had given candid interview with the publication El Pais of Spain.  The El País interview incensed Alfredo Castillo, the federal appointed security chief in Michoacán, who seized the opportunity while Dr. Mireles was recuperating, to intensify his mission of disbandment of the autodefensa movement and rendering the popular and loved Dr. Mireles powerless.  

Castillo said in a recent interview that “Manuel Mireles not only wanted to control Mexico, but wanted to control all of Latin America”. 


Castillo’s threats did not quiet Dr. Mireles.  With respect to dealing with “problems” such as the “genuine autodefensas” especially their leaders, the government has favored imprisonment. Hundreds of autodefensas are languishing in prison.

Others have been murdered.  There is in fact but one original leader remaining free of the “coastal” autodefensas, considered the true self defense group and that is Semeí Verdía.  Semei has suffered two assassination attempts on his life including one of this week.

In the case of Dr. Mireles, his civil and human rights have not only been trampled upon, his rights have been shredded beginning with the arrest its self.    

In the arrest, he was blindfolded, hooded, cuffed in back, and flown around in a helicopter for hours.  He later said it was terrifying as he thought he might have been shoved into the waters below. 


Dr. Mireles was taken to Morelia and transferred to the Federal Social Rehabilitation Center No. 11 in Hermosillo, Sonora.

In Morelia he was then denied the right to call or meet with his attorney for hours.  And denied food necessary for a diabetic diet, and not given his insulin which he injects three times daily.

For further humiliation his famous mustache and white hair were shaven clean.  But the worst was yet to come; he became ill, the result of improper diet and proper diabetic management.  He has spent almost as much time in the hospital as in his cell.  Hi Sister Virginia “Vicky” Mireles says his health has deteriorated to the point he may soon require amputation.

He began using a wheelchair around the middle of this month when he fell and sustained an injury, some reports say it was a fracture of the spinal column.  He is now non-ambulatory.

His attorney Javier Livas, reported that the leader and founder of the AD lay in bed for three days before being given medical treatment.

“My client is treated as a prisoner of war, as an enemy of the state, in the maximum security prison. We have a person that is a civil hero, one who the government had arrested to remove a problem.”

Immobility will compromise his circulation and may cause irrecoverable damage to his limbs and possible amputation.

In a recent and rare communication, he sent a letter to his friend Jorge Vazquez.  In the letter he stated that visitors are being blocked from visiting him.

Axel Dames is not a name I have previously heard of in connection to Dr. Mireles.

70 comments:

  1. Let the good doctor out

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  2. he can still be a president in a wheelchair!

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    1. Absolutely, remember Roosevelt? It will take more than a wheelchair to keep this hero down.

      but he needs to be free, and quickly.

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    2. It only proves that the entire government from the President down is corrupt. I have boycotted Mexico and hope many other Americans do the same.

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  3. This whole thing is sickening

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  4. People of Mexico love this man, if he lives he will have even greater power, like Mandela,

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  5. mexico is a fucked up country
    a big capo such as el chapo gets arrested and people protest him and artist write songs too him and a hero such mireles geta arrested nobody does anything

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    1. What can we do?

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    2. WHAT CAN WE DO? If you have to ask that question, there is no hope for your lame country. A failed country, with a failed government, full of failed people. You all deserve what you have.

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    3. with no guns, no revolt

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    4. Weapons are secretly smuggled in. A lot of people are tired of the injustice. Double agents are working both sides to reach the final objective. Give it some time.

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    5. 10:37PM Thanks for the answer. That will really help.

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    6. How about graffiti and lots of it?
      FREE MIRELES NOW

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    7. First, we must learn from his mistakes. Second the people who are capitalizing on this film should send Food and money to his kids and wife...

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  6. I feel Dr. Mirelles pain fo'real, I, like him knows what is like when your comrades/allies/friends/companeros turn their back on you,picture this,he started the movement para traer peace a Michoacan y mira nomas where he at and where are the snakes that betrayed him,chale,it's a cold world.

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    1. I feel you bro, gotta wear a sweater

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  7. I can't even read about the tragedy of what is happening to this man without feeling sick about it. I am not even Mexican but my young daughter is half I am ashamed of what is happening there. We spend a lot of time down in Mexico. Why would someone make such a flippant comment about how someone could still be pres in a wheelchair...an anonymous comment!

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    1. It was a sincere comment, no disrespect was intended.

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    2. agreed. You misread the comment KG. They were saying in effect "Mireles for President!"

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    3. I did not mean to post a comment that could be interpreted in casting the good doctor in a negative light or to attempt humor, at his expense. I meant that if the government thinks a wheelchair will stop people from wanting him in office or keep him from doing anything in his power for a better Mexico, well they are hugely mistaken in their thinking. and I was thinking of Roosevelt like the other comment referred to.

      Mireles is one of those people we need more of in mexico, the rare mix of integrity, honor, intelligence, AND willing to give his life to his ideals, for a Mexico that is secure with hope for all citizens. I wasn't sure about who the good guys were or bad guys or how to formulate the distinction between the two. But at the end of the day, Semei, Dr Mireles, and the late hernandez salcedo are a massive cut above the rest.

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    4. They are trying to kill Mireles without actually pulling the trigger. Hoping to ask for forgiveness and forgetfullnes from the people/sheep of mexico. I live in mexico in the campo and see how the people are brainwashed by the status quo from birth to be submissive, dependent even. No power, no clean water, no education and no jobs. All the young men in my town are grifos and don't know or care about Mireles. If I get involved in politics of any kind here I can be expelled from here. I really feel for Mexico.

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  8. Mexico allows gerber to go free, even with hard evidence of his relationship to tuta, but imprisoned Mireles, tortures him physically and probably emotionally. mexico will remain fucked up until people care about what is happening and not look the other way.

    extrajudicial killings should be a concern, and social cleansings, unjust imprisonments, political assassinations, should be the concern of all. I could not believe the other post about the 42 killed in michoacan and people, granted they are probably americans, are thinking it is fine.

    allowing police to take matters in their own hands kills good people also, and the destroys human rights. now the police are arrested who killed mayor candidate Enrique hernandez.

    the problem is after a few months the killers always are allowed to walk free when the cameras leave. I am very fortunate I was able to leave when I was 10 years old.

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    1. yes but just a few americans who will never represent americans as a whole.

      those are the same ignorant, uneducated people who cry fowl regarding those 'illegals' and immigration issues.

      then there is the 'other' American group. thinking that a justified killing by a police officer is never justified, even when a thug reaches for a gun.

      can you imagine If in the united state had there been 3 mass killings possibly all 3 extrajudicial killings by feds?

      and a total of 107 citizens killed in a few months in 3 shootings as in mexico, by the feds?

      I bet the same stupid people commenting on the mexico story ,would also cheer if it was killings in south chi town. so central LA, or Detroit, no matter who the killed were. 'good riddance' I can hear it now. as long as it isn't in a 'nice/white' neighborhood

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    2. Keep the white police and all police out of these bad barrios, the minorties can handle it themselves

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    3. You are right its bad in the US, but the people swimming North, Why do they come here. Ha, its be better than Mexico. Could that Be?

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    4. But none of you want to start a revolution....you would rather be on a blog all day instead of picking up arms.

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    5. The people who are handling business now are not corrupt municipal cartel cops.

      The reason people are glad to see these cartel people go out, is because it will eventually allow the good people to live a good life.

      We dont kill because we hate people. We kill because we love people.

      Any one of these cartel mosters is just as bad or worse than Hitler, or any other crazy killer you can name. Vlad the Impaler may be a closer comparison.

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  9. This is straight bull shit fuck the Mexican corrupt government!!!!

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  10. Here is the situation in mexico money makes everything go Smooth even if you are a killer or a drug trafficker....Dr mireles unfortunately is under a different category, is a political prisoner enemy of the state.....and here is the bad news, there is no way to bribe the government, mainly because they want to send a message to everyone trying to revolt, "hey you Mexicans you fuck with government and we fuck you on the ass super hard" Dr mireles is a good man that just happened to pick the wrong battle against a giant that has power and money, PRI.....if he would have taken a deal or sell out when he had the chance he would be out and about......remember in mexico there is only room for PRI...ANYONE going against it will suffer the consequences..... DR mireles said it very clearly on a speech on Universidad Autonoma de Mexico , "yo se que me van a matar o a meter me en la carcel, pero que la lucha siga" so so far I see no one fighting? ??? He knew and he just go victimized...

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  11. ZAPATA VIVE LA LUCHA SIGUE
    DR MIRELES VIVE LA LUCHA SIGUE

    THE TRUE CRIMINALS ARE THE PRI

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    1. No shit!!!we all know that....but what lucha???mi Tia lucha is fine thank you. But the democratic lucha in mexico left along time ago along with human rights and decency holding hands if not mistaken, think jesus Christ was on the same plane when they left mexico a while back...just a bit of sarcasm....we all want DR Mireles out but I don't see how!!!!

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  12. Thats what happens if the community tries to rebel against organized crime, Mireles is done! Mexico has NO chance of "Recovering Paradise" n "Hope for Mexico".

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  13. NO HAY LEY NO HAY JUSTICIA.

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  14. todo el mundo sabe que el unico pecado del DR Mireles, fue luchar por su pueblo, en contra de un cancer como el narcotrafico

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  15. Let's just remember one thing about this situation; it's not the government that are traitors it is the citizens of the country for not enacting on the situation.

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  16. Who's the bald guy in the picture. If that is Dr. Mireles that is clearly not him. Something smells fishy as usual and the thought of him being left to die in prison isn't far from reality. Clearly, human rights organizations worldwide don't give a shit about what's going on because they have allowed the Mexican government to keep him falsely imprisoned. Fool me once, what a shame. Fool me twice, I'm to blame.

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    1. I agree, it looks like we have found Lazca and he is well and bald in hermosillo

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  17. Free the Good Dr. MIERALES, LETs GO RAZA , STAND UP. We are too knowledgeable to allow these Puppets to continue to Quiet OUR Voices, and not be heard. This is absolutely Rediculous to allow this injustice , and just sit back, well this man who put his life, freedom and family on the line for many people, who out of fear for their lives , are too afraid to speak out for themselves.
    Alfredo Castillo should be sitting in a jail cell, not out buying luxury jewelry, in Mexico city,well Michoacan people continue to Suffer.
    Free Dr. Mierales Scum bags

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    1. I agree with your message, but you should drop the "RAZA" lingo. Nothing could be more RAZISTA. You offended me, and I think we are on the same side.

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    2. The La Raza our guy is talking about is the mexican rabble, we know each other, we are brothers and proud, nobody is talking about your Raza of the traditional racist racism that still keeps minorities down, while most Americans of any race loove mexicans, there are some crazy people out there who just despise mexicans and can't help the dislike, 10:42 just gets "nervous"...

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    3. The word Raza translates to "breed"; i.e., as in a specific breed of horse or livestock. The word itself isn't usually racist. It is meant to address co-nationals or a group of people, usually of the same nationality that share the same values, customs and ideology. Again, it is not meant as an insult; merely an attempt to address all like-minded Mexicans.

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    4. wtf you talking bout? we are not a herd of livestock. Raza simply means race in Spanish nothing more nothing less.

      La Raza is the race. when I was in college I belonged to the La Raza social advocacy group. it is used to represent "the Mexican race" or in a wider perspective La Raza Hispánica. but you won't hear Mexican say that, puro mexicano, la raza o la raza chicano

      here let kid frost break it down for you in old school hip hop song "La Raza: from 2009 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZ8AS300WH4

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  18. El PRI won't free the Doc and some how you guys still find a way to show sympathy and cheer on el gobierno de PRI ?
    Miguel Hidalgo said it best "Muerte al gobierno corrupto"

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  19. I apologize right off the bat if I get this wrong*. But besides Dr. Mireles who are the AD leaders(organizations) that are not corrupt? "Americano*, Smurf*?"(or something) turned out to be right?..ie If I sent "help"(money, Eotech scopes, etc.) to AD who would I send it to without it falling into the wrong hands?..DWW

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    1. you must be a troll.

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  20. Doctor is still alive because he is in jail.

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  21. Media and government is analyzing the video source of CJNG "supposedly" in response to #Tanhuato https://t.co/ThwPQo9646
    Note that the video dose mention CJNG assisted comunitarios de Michoacan and are now asking for assistance in return.

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    1. they are referring to the h3 and viagras

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  22. Que lastima los mexicanos deben que estar molestando sus diputados diariamente. Dr. Mireles dio su salud por la causa por los menos sus paisanos deben que estar ayudando lo. Out of sight out of mind what a pathetic excuse for a government

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  23. at 10:11
    Dr. Mireles sent a letter early on to everyone saying any donation fundraising on his behalf is bogus and he doesn't not want any funds raised for him. His former wife had a fund. the same "lady" who called him a no good for nothing peasant. yup, her.

    aside from bb follow jose Sandoval and Jorge Vazquez on face book, for the latest on dr. that is attainable.

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    1. Jesus Christ himself was betrayed, but not by all his followers, some of them just denied knowing him...
      --Dr Mireles did not have a formal compromise with all of the mexicans, but some idiotic morons want to blame "the mexicans", all of them for not running to liberate him...
      -- if the doctor's partners decided they had enough and to cash in, that is their problem, and if Dr Mireles chose martyrdom, that is up to him, I suggested that he should get out of there, and find better friends and help somewhere else, he freely chose to risk health and opportunity, just to expose himself to the government decisions, but he got away from his wife, that is the only good thing he got out of it, she muy bigotona...

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  24. Where's Amnesty International???

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  25. Castillo said in a recent interview that “Manuel Mireles not only wanted to control Mexico, but wanted to control all of Latin America”.

    SMDH. I cant believe nobody is talking about this quote. this quote is basically evidence of pure government collusion trying to destroy a mexican hero who wants to fix a corrupt system. Does anybody really fucking believe Dr. Mireles wants to control all of Latin America?

    those words from Castillo ARE SO TELLING. Its the words of a shameless repugnant criminal reading talking point memos handed down by the true criminals of mexico the PRI.

    Do they actually think people will believe that line? Trying to turn Dr. Mireles into some mexican ISIS leader who wants a caliphate LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL Castillo you are such a despicable scumbag.

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  26. Mireles will never get out alive.How stupid would they be? They are torturing hin day and night.You really think he fell??? Nonsense.
    If they let him walk he could apart from what he was doing before imprisonment, spill the beans on all the monstrous and inhumane treatment that they subject him to.
    I think they will torture him to death by withholding neccesarry medical care or kill him with their own hands and fabricate a story

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  27. Man, Alredo Castillo is one real life piece of human garbage. I wish there was some way for Doc. Mireles to see how many people around the world still care for his welcome being. This is truly a disgrace what the Mexican government has allowed to happen to him. Doctor, you set a shining example, and led your people with rock solid conviction, I will try to do my part to see that you are not forgotten. Stay strong and take solace in the fact that your example has given hope to those without it. You will be a catalyst for change still.

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  28. And the fucking Human Rights Commission?
    It only gets involved when cartel members alleged their "human rights are violated?.
    And those people in Mexico that claim to love this man, why aren't government buildings burning?
    Out of Mexico, why aren't Mexican citizens burning their embassies?
    At least the black people in the U.S. do something when they are being pissed on.

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  29. And for Papa Smurff hes a true scumbag look how quickly he turned his back on Merelas just to join the same corrupt government they were fighting with..He basically uses his power to be like a Cartel leader.. ge did Merelas like Sammy did Gotti.!! #TRUESTORY

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  30. Set Dr. Mireles FREE

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  31. Your Mexican government, military, and police do not want to give up power. Power is everything to them. Same here in the USA. But we have a Bill of Rights and a 2nd Amendment. Mexicans don't. Lesson is, never ever give up your rights. You need another revolution in your country, and this time a real Bill of Rights.

    Dr. Mireles is a very brave men. Equal to any of our patriots who founded the US.

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  33. The Mexican government reeks, the Mexican police reek. Rather than support a guy who is trying to better many communities they condemn him??? Mexican politicians are a disgrace. Money can blind and somewhere I read 30 billion annually. Long live Mireles!!!!

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  34. He is a HERO OF THE CITY!! He help millions of people in 3 states of square miles. How dare does the goverment try to stop him!! #SUPPORTMIRELES!!! #FREEMIRELES!!!

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  35. Looks like Mexican authorities fear him. In most cases with uneducated people fear is responded to by abuse. The Mexican governments actions indicate how truly uneducated they are and have questionable ethics and morals. Mexican politicians shoukd read a few books, that's if their smart enough to comprehend what they are reading.

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  36. Mexico

    In Mexico, the US is funding the construction of up to 16 new federal prisons and is advising an overall prison “reform” based on the US and Colombian models. The Federal Center for Social Readaptation (CEFERESO) #11 in Hermosillo, Sonora is the first Mexican prison built with private investment and will be managed by a for-profit company for the next 20 years. True to form, the opening of Ceferso #11 was occasioned with the massive transfer of 1,849 prisoners from all over Mexico. Five months after the transfer, prisoners were still being denied access to family and legal defense teams.

    Mexico’s National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) visited CEFERESO #11 in October, 2013 a year after its installation to investigate conditions in Mexico’s for-profit prison and reported that the institution had “…even graver deficiencies than those found in other jails of the Republic of Mexico without private capital.” The abuses noted by the CNDH included arbitrary and sudden transfers, being held for long periods incommunicado, being kept in cells for excessively long periods, no classification system for prisoners, insufficient food, poor quality of health services, lack of sports, recreation and cultural activities, lack of work and job training, and insufficient personnel. In only 4 months, the CNDH received 47 complaints regarding sudden transfers to CEFERSO #11 without warning or notice either to families or legal reps.

    And while exact figures are not readily available, reports from a number of sectors in Mexico indicate a significant increase in politically motivated arrests since US involvement, including notable political detentions of labor and indigenous leaders.

    Once more, the Drug War is the main reason cited for US involvement in the Mexican prison system. But in a country that has been itself described as a “Narco-state” with a 98% impunity rate for violent crime, one must question the veracity of this justification just as we must in Colombia, Honduras and elsewhere. According to a report by the Universal Periodic Review (EPU by its Spanish initials) of the United Nations Human Rights Council in coalition with three Mexican human rights organizations, 60% of those incarcerated in Mexico are there for minor crimes

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