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Allegations of Torture, Abuse by Mexican Officials Soar

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FILE - Mexican federal police officers are seen standing guard during a raid.

FILE - Mexican federal police officers are seen standing guard during a raid.

Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says reports of torture and abuse by Mexican security forces have skyrocketed 600 percent in the last decade.

A new study released Thursday also alleges the government is complicit in the abuse.

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission received 7,000 complaints from 2010 to 2013. Of those, the Federal Attorney General's office found evidence in 26.

There have been only seven federal convictions for torture in Mexico's federal courts.

An Amnesty International researcher said the increase in allegations against police and government forces overlaps with the state's response to the so-called "war on drugs."

Amnesty officials fear the abuses by security forces have been normalized as the government struggles to quell the turf wars between the drug cartels that have left a bloody trail across the country.

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