The U.S. Department of State criticized Mexico and Nicaragua for human rights abuses, saying the two countries have recorded cases of security forces committing extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, and torture.
In the 2021 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, the state department reported that security forces and government entities in Mexico and Nicaragua have had records of abuses such as unlawful and politically motivated killings.
In Mexico, 12 police officers were arrested in February for alleged massacre and burning of the bodies of three smugglers and 16 Guatemalan migrants. Another three officers were arrested in September for murder. In October, the court sentenced the mayor of Zacualpan for collaborating with criminal organizations to kidnap the prosecutor general of Ixtapan de la Sal.
Forced disappearances and torture were also prevalent in Mexico. The report criticized Mexico’s unsolved cases of disappearances because of the country’s fragmented forensic system and incomplete state databases.
Nicaragua government officials secured information and inflicted punishments by carrying out “acts that resulted in severe physical or mental suffering,” the report said. Prisoners also suffered mistreatment from prison officials, the report added.
The United States has been providing information on human rights violations worldwide for nearly five decades. The 2021 report released on Tuesday included human rights abuses in 200 countries and territories.
The Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US shares with civil society, governments, and people around the world the goal of shedding light to human rights abuses, stopping these abuses, and holding perpetrators accountable.
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