Join with Amnesty International to help release torture victim Adrián Vásquez

What’s happening?

Adrián Vásquez has spent almost three years in prison in Mexico. In 2012, police picked him up and claimed he was a local drug lord. They tortured him to the point of near-death, breaking some of his ribs, injuring his bladder and pouring water through his nose and filling his lungs. An official doctor saw him but only documented minor recent injuries which he concluded would heal within 15 days. Soon after Adrián collapsed and was rushed to hospital for emergency, for life-saving surgery.

In April 2015, after years of campaigning by Adrián’s family, three of the policemen who Adrián identified as his torturers were finally charged. But today Adrián remains in prison.

Amnesty International’s efforts

Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.

By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.

Supporting Amnesty International

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How you can help

You can join with Amnesty International to ask for Adrián’s release.

“In compliance with national and international human rights standards, I ask you to exclude all evidence obtained under torture and other human rights violations, drop the charges against Adrián Vasquez and release him immediately. I also urge the Baja California state authorities to continue their investigation into this terrible case and bring those responsible to justice – in accordance with due process – and guarantee that this does not happen again.” – Amnesty International



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