National: Commission for Access to Truth on Dirty War in Mexico Established 

@Pie de Pagina

On October 6th, a presidential decree was published creating the Commission for Access to Truth and Promotion of Justice for the serious human rights violations committed from 1965 to 1990 in Mexico.

During this period known as the Dirty War, the Mexican State was responsible for the crimes of forced disappearance, torture, and extrajudicial executions of people who belonged to political and social movements or organizations that questioned State policies and sought the transformation of the political regime.

The Commission will have the purpose of investigating, monitoring, supervising, proposing and issuing reports related to the facts of serious human rights violations during this period of time. For this, a group of independent specialists will be formed and five mechanisms will be established: the first one dedicated to knowing the truth of the facts. The second has to do with justice, in the form of a committee that will promote the prosecution process and justice in general, so that those responsible are punished. The third mechanism is to carry out search activities for missing persons, which will be in the charge of the National Search Commission. The fourth component will address comprehensive reparation, including collective reparation. The last component refers to memory. In this regard, all the documents of the general archive of the nation (both the national defense, the presidential staff, the general security directorate, what was the CISEN and other intelligence agencies) will be available for analysis and investigation. The collection will be concentrated in the state of Puebla in facilities assigned by BUAP for this purpose.

The Commission will be chaired by the Undersecretariat for Human Rights under Alejandro Encinas, and will be made up of the Secretaries of Foreign Relations, Finance and Public Credit, as well as by the holders of the General Archive of the Nation, the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims and the National Search Commission. Similarly, the participation of five people with recognized moral or professional trajectory and a representative of the families, victims and survivors who will be advised by the Office in Mexico of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is contemplated.

The Commission has until September 30th, 2024 to deliver its results. However, guidelines of the mechanisms established to guarantee the execution of the Plan for access to the truth, historical clarification and promotion of justice are still lacking.

For more information in Spanish:

Crean la Comisión para el Acceso a la Verdad sobre la Guerra Sucia en México(Pie de Página, 07 octubre de 2021)

Gobierno Federal publica decreto por el que se crea la Comisión de la Verdad sobre la Guerra Sucia (El Universal, 06 octubre de 2021)

Crean comisión de verdad y justicia por casos de 1965 a 1990 (Reforma, 07 octubre de 2021)

Verdad, Esclarecimiento Histórico, y Justicia a violaciones graves de DDHH cometidas de 1965 a 1990 (Alejandro Encinas Video, 06 octubre de 2021)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National: EZLN Calls for Participation in Referendum for Truth and Justice for Victims (July 25, 2021)

Chiapas: “A Public Apology Isn’t Enough, It Is not a True Act of Justice”, Las Abejas Civil Society(September 24, 2020)

Guerrero: Relatives of Disappeared March Demanding Truth, Justice and Reparations (September 3, 2020)

National: “Walk for Truth, Justice and Peace” Ends at Parliament in Mexico City (January 29, 2020)

Guerrero/National: Decree Establishes Truth Commission for Ayotzinapa Case (December 19, 2018)

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