National: “March for National Dignity, mothers seeking out their children and justice”

(@Centro ProDH)

After visiting various cities in the country, on 10 May some 150 mothers of victims of forced disappearance in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and other countries marched in the Mexican capital to demand that the Mexican State find their relatives.  It should be remembered that during Calderón’s six-year term, at least 50,000 people have been killed and more than 25,000 disappeared.  Members of civil society and those in solidarity also participated in the march, as well as representatives of civil organizations.

This event coincided with Mother’s Day in Mexico, in light of the fact that the members of the march noted the following in a communiqué: “What can a mother celebrate in light of the disappearance of a child?  Certainly, there can be no celebration at all–instead sadness, anger, anguish, and despair.  The uncertainty we suffer is terrible and degrading.”

On 11 May they met with Federal Attorney General, Marisela Morales, from whom they demanded new protocols and better mechanisms to seek out their disappeared.  The PGR committed itself to intervening in the investigation and resolution of the cases.  In exchange, they did not succeed in obtaining an audience Alejandro Poiré, Secretary for Governance.

From the beginning of the march, on 8 May, they affirmed that “We want to yell from the four cardinal points that fear DOES NOT PARALYZE US, that on the contrary it is that which drives us to continue seeking our children.  We are sick of false promises, lack of action by the government, negative experiences in finding them.  We demand until exhaustion that the authorities find them, investigate their disappeared, and give the location of our loved ones.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Urgen madres de desaparecidos apoyo de a la PGR (El Universal, 11 de mayo de 2012)

La PGR colaborará con las madres de la Marcha por la Dignidad Nacional(CNN México, 11 de mayo de 2012)

Madres, en su día, imploran por sus hijos desaparecidos (El Universal, 10 de mayo de 2012)

Exigen madres buscar a hijos desaparecidos (Milenio, ‎10 de mayo 2012‎)

Madres de desaparecidos marchan en Reforma (El Universal, 10 de mayo de 2012)

Se solidariza AI con madres de desaparecidos (Proceso, 10 de mayo de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Mexico: Report of the UN Work Group on Forced and Involuntary Disappearances (24 March 2012)

Mexico: the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained ends (9 June 2011)

Mexico: National Day against Forgetting and Impunity by the FNLS (8 June 2011)

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