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Human Rights Watchdog Says Mexican Police Still Use Torture

Mexico's national human rights watchdog says some police and security officials still use torture to extract information from suspects.

National Human Rights Commission President Jose Luis Soberanes told reporters Tuesday that his organization had received 12 reports of torture in the past year.

The commission said most cases involved people who had been wrongfully detained by security forces.

Mr. Soberanes says torture techniques reported include beatings, burning with cigarettes and near-suffocation. He says there have also been reports of psychological torture, including death threats.

Some information for this report provided by AP and Reuters.