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UN Calls for ’Complete and Exhaustive’ Investigation Into Nuevo Leon Prison Riot

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October 12, 2017

Gang violence in Mexico prison leaves at least 13 dead (Al Jazeera)

The UN has called for investigation into a prison riot in Mexico that left more than a dozen people dead.

The death toll rose to 17 on Wednesday night following clashes inside Cadereyta jail in Nuevo Leon state earlier in the week.

The UN cited other recent prison revolts as a reason for a "complete and exhaustive" report.

State authorities said they are open to cooperating with human rights organizations.

They previously said lethal force was needed to regain full control of the facility, near Monterrey.

About 250 inmates battled security forces during the disturbance, local media report.

A UN statement urged authorities "to clarify the tragedy that has occurred and to grant justice to the victims and their families", according to El Universal newspaper.

... Mexican prisons are often criticised for overcrowding and an inability to tackle violence between rival gangs.

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