Guerrero: Search for Disappeared Begins at 16 Locations around Tlapa de Comonfort

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On January 3rd, a four-day search process for missing persons in began the region around Tlapa de Comonfort in Montaña Guerrero.

On the same day, more than 20 families of missing persons accompanied by the Montaña Tlachinollan Human Rights Center met with the National Search Commissioner, Karla Quintana. Also in attendance were Beatriz Alfonso, representative of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), and Misael Rojas, representing the Undersecretary of Human Rights, Alejando Encinas.

The families expressed the need to involve the State Attorney General’s Office as well as the National Search Commission, in order to move forward in the cases of their relatives.

The search will be carried out in 16 locations in the Montaña region. Elements of the National Guard and the National Defense Secretariat (SEDENA), the National Search Commission, and the Prosecutor of the State of Guerrero will participate in the process.

Karla Quintana highlighted the will of the federal government to continue looking for the disappeared; “In this third search we are going to coordinate with families, civil society organizations.” She also praised families for continuing to denounce, despite the risks that might entail.

For its part, Tlachinolan opined that “the search for the disappeared in Montaña is important in order to identify the pattern of macrocriminality, as well as advances in research. However, another fundamental element is the rapid identification of the human remains that have been found in Tlapa so that families can have answers to their pain and begin their grieving processes. In a context of violence, you cannot put yourself at risk or criminalize the victims of disappearance. The families that have been organized today had been silenced and ignored for years by indolent authorities because of their demands. Impunity and complicity between organized crime groups and the authorities has been a tragedy.”

For more information in Spanish:

BOLETÍN | Visita la Comisionada Nacional de Búsqueda y representante de la CIDH a familiares de personas desaparecidas de la Montaña Tlachinolan, 3 de enero de 2020.

Inicia búsqueda de desaparecidos en 16 puntos de Tlapa, Guerrero La Jornada, 3 de enero de 2020.

Tlachinollan y CIDH buscan desaparecidos en 16 puntos de Tlapa Bajo Palabra, 3 de enero de 2020.

For more information from SIPAZ:

Nacional: Se lleva a cabo el coloquio “El Estado de la Búsqueda de Desaparecidos en Guerrero. Retos y perspectivas” (November 6, 2019)

Guerrero: One Month Since Disappearance of Human Rights Defender Arnulfo Ceron Soriano (November 15, 2019)

Guerrero: Denuncian desaparición de un activista en Tlapa de Comonfort. Asesinan integrante del Concejo Regional de Autoridades Agrarias en Defensa del Territorio en Malinaltepec (October 14, 2019)

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