On 4 June, the human-rights group Amnesty International (AI) presented its special report on forced disappearances in Mexico, entitled “Confronting a Nightmare: The Disappearance of Persons in Mexico.” The report points out the “magnitude of what has happened and the negligence of the State” to provide justice to thousands.
“Between 2006 and 2012 there were registered in Mexico more than 26,000 persons as disappeared or not located. It is not clear how many presently continue to have the status of disappeared. Some are victims of forced disappearances in which public officials have been implicated,” claims the report.
AI also details that the police and security forces have been infiltrated by criminal groups, and that, for this reason, many officials collaborate with the disappearances carried out by these criminal groups.
The NGO asserts that “despite the alarming number” of cases, “the authorities have failed systematically to investigate and clarify the great majority of these,” not just during the presidency of Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), but also during that of Enrique Peña Nieto.
For more information (in Spanish):
Enfrentarse a una pesadilla: Desapariciones en México, informe Amnistía Internacional, 4 de junio 2013
AI pide a México dar resultados sobre desapariciones, Crónica, 4 de junio de 2013
Insuficientes, los pasos del gobierno en combate a desapariciones: AI, La jornada, 4 de junio de 2013
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)