Human rights commission accuses military of torture

The National Human Rights Commission, CNDH, issued a formal report on a military operation in Ciudad Juárez earlier this year that concluded that the confessions of eight men who were caught in a military sweep were extracted by torture, including the use of electric shocks and asphyxiation with plastic bags. In addition, the men were held incommunicado for 24 hours before being turned over to the public prosecutor. The report called on the Ministry of Defense to give psychological and medical assistance to the men, and for military justice officials to begin an investigation of members of the 76th Infantry Battalion for probable illegal acts. (Universal 9/28)

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