Mexico: the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained ends

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In accordance with the National Campaign against Forced Disappearance, the International Week of the Disappeared and Detained (thusly named by the UN) was observed in different Mexican cities from 23 to 30 May.  Upon the conclusion of the event, several human-rights centers released communiqués regarding the week’s events.

The Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) stresses the inefficiency of the justice system of the Mexican State and the lack of will to investigate the location of those victimized by disappearance and detainment.  On the other hand, the campaign They Continue Disappearing of the ProDH Center demands that there be re-established an institution to investigate State crimes in Mexico and that there be established a commission for historical clarification.  The campaign emphasized that the crimes of State are not only something of the past but rather a present reality–this not only because the effects of these crimes have not ceased, but rather because they continue being committed by different governmental agents.  These actions continue to affect not only dissidents or those who join social-political movements, but rather the population in general.

The CDHFBC denounced in a communiqué that “in Chiapas, during the most decisive period of internal armed conflict, the forced disappearance of persons was a common practice and, in the period 1995 to 2001, the Frayba documented in the northern zone of the state the forced disappearance of 32 men and 5 women as perpetrated by the paramilitary group ‘Desarrollo Paz y Justicia’ (Paz y Justicia) whose actions responded to a counter-insurgency plan that had existed since 1994, with the goal of doing away with the support-bases of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation and its sympathizers.”  In that time Paz y Justicia acted against the civilian population of the municipalities of Tila, Tumbalá, Sabanilla, Yajalón, and Salto de Agua.  It used violence by means of ambushes, displacement, forced disappearances, murders, rapes, and torture, as was repeatedly denounced at that time by this Center for Human Rights.”

The ProDH Center indicated that “the Mexican government, in light of the forced-disappearance cases documented by this Center for Human Rights, does not respect, protect, or guarantee the human rights it has ratified before the internzational community, and this shows the inefficacy of the justice system and the lack of will to find the whereabouts of the victims of these crimes against humanity.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Gobierno mexicano responsable de la desaparición forzada de personas: Frayba, Enlace Zapatista, 1 June 2011

El Estado mexicano es responsable de la desaparición forzada de personas, Centro ProDH, 2 June 2011

Marchas por la presentación con vida de 6 desaparecidos en Oaxaca y Morelos, La Jornada, 31 May 2011

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

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

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