National/Oaxaca: Mothers of the disappeared express solidarity with Omar Esparza and his family on hunger strike

Omar Esparza con las madres de migrantes @ Brigada Solidaria

Omar Esparza with mothers of the disappeared @Brigada Solidaria

On 10 May, Mother’s Day, there was held the Third March for National Dignity in Mexico City on the part of mothers of victims of forced disappearances coming from more than a dozen Mexican states and even other countries to demand that their children be found.  A year and three months after the Secretary of Governance presented the National Registry for Disappeared Persons (Renped), and just days from the one-year anniversary of the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) created its Special Office of Search for Disappeared Persons, hundreds of mothers and relatives of victims mobilized to denounce “that we do not know the total number of disappeared persons to date; we do not know how many persons the State has found; we do not understand why the federal government resorts to claiming that the task of resolving several disappearances belongs to local authorities, when the victims could be in any part of the republic or abroad.”

The latest formal report (February 2013) regarding the total number of the disappeared stressed that in the Renped there were registered 26,121 names.  However, “we do not know if the list released by the Secretary of Governance has been updated.”  It should be noted that, at the end of last year, 7166 names were excised from the Renped without any sort of explanation.

During the march, the mothers made a stop in support of the nearly 15 days of hunger strike taken by Omar Esparza, relatives, and members of civil society who installed themselves in front of the PGR starting on 29 April.  The hunger strike is a form of protest to demand the arrest of the 12 persons considered responsible for the murders of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola.  The accused do have arrest-orders released against their names, but these have not been carried out to date.

For more information (in Spanish): Firma la petición de Amnistía Internacional Entrevista a Omar Esparza (Subversiones, 10 de mayo de 2014)

Exigen justicia a cuatro años del asesinato de Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola(CENCOS, 6 de mayo de 2014)

“La violencia no tiene madre, las víctimas sí” (Animal Político, 11 de mayo de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: In response to 4 years of impunity, hunger strikes and protests taken to resist murders of Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (2 May 2014)
Oaxaca: Three-year impunity continues in the case of the murders of Bety Cariño y Jyri Jaakkola (17 May 2013)
Oaxaca: 12 arrest-orders released against presumed material authors of the murder of the Mexican defender Bety Cariño and the Finnish observer Jyri Jaakkola (12 October 2012)
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