Mother of disappeared person on hunger strike in front of Segob @ Proceso
Since 6 November, members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD) have installed a sit-in before the Ministry of Governance (Segob) to demand that the head of this institution, Alejandro Poiré, resolve their cases. Margarita López, Julia Alonso, Malú García, and Paz Duarte have initiated a hunger-strike because to date they have met only omission and impunity on the part of the government of Felipe Calderón. The cold night of 13 November became the eighth consecutive day of strike and sit-in on the street for the group of mothers who struggle against impunity in Mexico, given that their family members were kidnapped or murdered months or even years ago, and they have not received justice. The long wait has reduced them. Julia awoke ill, feeling very weak. The headaches suffered by Margarita are ever-more frequent. Regardless, and despite the cold weather, the dizziness, and their impotence, their love for the children keep them going.
“I gave [the authorities] all the investigations that I did myself; I spent all my savings paying investigators and paying fees to the government,” noted Margarita López. “It is lamentable that while we have given them all our evidence and told them where to go to find our children, they do not lift a finger,” added the woman, very weakened by lack of food, whose daughter was taken by a commando-group of men in April 2011 in southern Oaxaca. On 9 November, Poiré received Julia Alonso and Malú García expressing “good intentions but no solution” for their cases. “Unfortunately, we fear what happened when we went to Maricela Morales [Attorney General]: their subordinates did not follow up with the indications we had given them. The orders that Poire is giving were handed down by Morales a year ago, and nothing has happened,” noted Margarita López. They have resorted to this desperate means because they fear the change of government to Enrique Peña Nieto, which will take place on 1 December, will signify the total closure of these cases, still resting in impunity.
The sit-in will be held indefinitely, “until they solve each one of our cases,” assured Alicia Trejo, one of the dozens of mothers whose children are disappeared who arrived from all over the country to be together with the three mothers who began the hunger-strike.
It should be noted that the daily newspaper Excelsior published an investigation that finds 14,300 disappeared persons in Mexico between the years 2008 and 2011, with an impunity rate of 87%, according to information received from 23 of the 32 state governments. For its part, the UN Committee on Forced Disappearance finds that there exist 3,000 disappeared persons in Mexico whose cases have not been resolved. Amnesty International claims that local NGOs speak of tens of thousands of disappeared.
For more information (in Spanish):
Madres del MPJD realizan huelga de hambre frente a Segob (Proceso, 7 de noviembre de 2012)
Comunicado de Malú García Andrade, Defensora de Derechos Humanos (Facebook, 6 de noviembre de 2012)
Desaparecidos, el vergonzoso saldo de Calderón (Proceso, 12 de noviembre de 2012)
Impunidad en México lleva a madres a una huelga de hambre (Terra Noticias, 12 de noviembre de 2012)
Madres hacen huelga de hambre contra la impunidad de crímenes (El Nuevo Diario, 12 de noviembre de 2012)
Julia, Margarita, Malú y Bárbara, madres de desaparecidos en la llamada guerra contra el narco de Calderón llevan tres días en huelga de hambre frente a Gobernación (Reporte Indigo, 13 de noviembre de 2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Mexico: Caravan of mothers of Central American migrants seeking out their children (2 November 2012)
National: “March for National Dignity, mother seeking out their children and justice” (18 May 2012)
Mexico: Report of the UN Work Group on Forced and Involuntary Disappearances (24 March 2012)
Chiapas: Civil Observation Mission ends in Tenosique; migrants and rights-defenders in grave danger; caravan of Central American mothers searching for disappeared relatives arrives in Tenosique (14 November 2011)
Mexico: the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained ends (9 June 2011)