National / International: Actions taken on the International Day of the Detained and Disappeared

September 6, 2014

Various events were held in different parts of the Mexican Republic, the United States and in Central America on August 30, on the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearance, which is also called the Day of the Detained and Disappeared. That day, a march was held in Mexico City organized by members of the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity (MPJD).

The National Front of Struggle for Socialism – FNLS also held “a day of national struggle demanding the safe return of the disappeared”, as it expressed in a public report. Furthermore, it demanded the “presentation alive of two social activists, Edmundo Reyes Amaya and Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez”. Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez and Edmundo Reyes Amaya were detained and disappeared on May 25, 2007 in the state of Oaxaca. Since their disappearances, the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared “Until we Find Them” was created.

It should be noted that on June 19 a collegiate court issued an order requiring various governmental bodies (such as the Army, the Federal Police and the government of Oaxaca) to explain their actions in these cases and demanding the integration of a special commission to find the whereabouts of Reyes Amaya and Cruz Sanchez. The Civil Commission for Monitoring and Research consists of the legal representatives of the families of the missing, families’ members, persons of social authority and civil organizations. They stated that if they don’t get satisfactory results from the Mexican justice system, they will go to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

For more information (in Spanish):

Chiapas, boletín de prensa: La detención desaparición de los luchadores sociales, Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez, se enmarca dentro del terrorismo de Estado que implementa el Estado mexicano en contra todo el pueblo (Frente Nacional de Lucha por el Socialismo, 25 de agosto de 2014)

Caminata por el Día Internacional del Detenid@-Desaparecid@ (Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad, 28 de agosto de 2014)

Exigen cumplimiento de la sentencia de buscar a Reyes Amaya y Cruz Sánchez (La Jornada, 30 de agosto de 2014)

Desaparición Forzada de Edmundo Reyes Amaya y Gabriel Alberto Cruz Sánchez. 7 años de impunidad (Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos Hasta Encontrarlos, mayo 2014)

Avala EPR comisión para localización de eperristas desaparecidos en Oaxaca (Chiapas Paralelo, 9 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

National: International Week of the Detained and Disappeared concludes in Mexico (June 10, 2014)

National: 30 August, International Day for Victims of Forced Disappearance (September 16, 2013)

Mexico: Amnesty International presents its report on forced disappearances

June 10, 2013

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

Funcionarios están metidos en más de la mitad de las desapariciones forzadas en México: Informe de Amnistía, Sinembargo, 4 de junio de 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):

Mexico: Insufficient attention to human rights on the part of EPN (20 March 2013)

National: Amnesty International presents report regarding use of torture in Mexico (19 October 2012)

National: International judges report on conclusions of the observation of state of justice in Mexico (12 October 2012)

Chiapas: Presentation of report on torture in Chiapas “From Cruelty to Cynicism” (2 July 2012)

The OMCT condemns torture in Chiapas (18 August 2011)