§ Lord Avebury
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What information they have about the action of the United Nations Human Rights Commission in response to the section of the report of the United Nations Rapporteur, Dr. Radley, dealing with Mexico, in which he expressed disappointment at the "limited results of the… Human Rights Commission", with particular reference to the case of Mr. Manuel Manriquez San Augustia; and whether they will place in the Library copies of any explanations given by the Mexican authorities for the reasons why Mr. San Augustia's conviction was not overturned, notwithstanding the agreement by the authorities that his confession had been extracted under torture.
§ The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Chalker of Wallasey)
The UN Commission on Human Rights adopted a resolution on 3 March calling on all governments to co-operate with the Special Rapporteur on Torture and extending his mandate for a further three years. The resolution also called for severe punishment for all those held responsible for acts of torture.
Our Embassy in Mexico City remains in regular contact with the Mexican National Commission for Human Rights, which continues to press the office of the Attorney General of the Federal District of Mexico City to make progress in Sr. Manriquez' case. The Commission recommended that the Judicial Federal Police investigate the allegations that Sr. Manriquez was tortured while in police custody.