The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture, and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers, reports the Washington Post, citing documents and interviews with victims, their families, political leaders, and human rights monitors. Sources describe an increasingly brutal war in which the government is using harsh measures to battle the cartels that continue to terrorize much of the country.
Mexican officials acknowledged that abuses have occurred but described the cases as isolated. In some instances, drug traffickers may be accusing the army of torture and other human rights violations as propaganda and to deflect attention from the government’s efforts to dismantle their operations, officials said. “I know that the armed forces are not acting inappropriately, although there have been some cases,” said Interior Minister Fernando Gómez Mont.