National: More than Six Thousand Children Disappeared in Mexico in the last 11 Years

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On October 3rd, in the framework of the National Conference for the Rights of Children and Adolescents, Redim reported that in the last 11 years, 6,614 children and adolescents disappeared in Mexico and that 75% of these disappearances occurred in the presidential term of office ending (4,980 cases, of which 3,067 are girls, that is, 61.1% of the cases). It also reported that the State of Mexico and Puebla account for 40.5% of the disappearances so far in this administration. The executive director of the Redim, Juan Martin Perez Garcia, warned of the fact that the disappearances of minors represent 7.7% of the total number of cases of people whose whereabouts are unknown and who, on May 30th, reached the figure of 37,435 people.

Analyzing these data, the Redim highlighted that, during the government of Felipe Calderon Hinojosa “the disappearances (of minors) which are registered are clearly located in the north of the country” while with Peña Nieto “violence and disappearances have a phenomenon of dispersion affecting other regions of the country.” It regretted that violence against children and adolescents “remains an invisible issue and is not placed on the political and budgetary agendas”; as well as the absence of members of the transition team at the conference, when it referred to the fact that, until now, the incoming president “has not mentioned children nor their problems at all; moreso disappeared children.” It called on the president-elect, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador “to rememeber that the serious human rights crisis the country is going through will not change on December 1st. They are the same institutions, the same officials and if the same failed security model and strategy is followed, the same [results] will be repeated.”

Jan Jarab, representative in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR), noted that “A high percentage of all disappearances are the disappearances of minors, in a context of violence widespread, in a context of migration, transit, which exposes children and adolescents, accompanied and unaccompanied, to the risk of disappearance, trafficking, violence (…) in a context of security policies that are too violent, without accountability.”

For more information in Spanish:

Más de 6 mil menores desaparecieron en México en 11 años; 75% fueron en sexenio de Peña: Redim (Proceso, 3 de octubre de 2018)

4,980 menores desaparecieron en el sexenio de Peña Nieto, pero no parece importarnos mucho: Redim (Sin Embargo, 3 de octubre de 2018)

Huérfanos, sicarios, halcones. O asesinados. O desaparecidos. La guerra en México consume niños (Sin Embargo, 29 de abril de 2018)

Desaparecen diario 4 menores: Redim; niños tienen entre 13 y 17 años (Excelsior, 4 de octubre de 2018)

Cuatro mil 980 niños desaparecieron en 6 años: Redim (Vanguardia, 4 de octubre de 2018)

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