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Mexico exceeds 100,000 missing people


Collectives of victims, activists and citizen organizations have demanded that the Government "deal urgently, forcefully and comprehensively" with the crisis

More than 100,000 people have been disappeared in Mexico since 1964, when the count began.

The National Registry of Missing and Non-Located Persons, a tool created during this six-year term, has exceeded this Monday the figure that shows the serious situation in the country.

Most of these people were registered as disappeared from 2006, when the Administration of Felipe Calderón began, which brought the Army to the streets to combat the violence of organized crime.

Collectives of victims, activists, and citizen organizations have demanded that the Government "attend urgently, forcefully, and comprehensively" to the crisis and have demanded that the implementation of the law on disappearances approved five years ago be completed.

Since 1964, 100,010 people have been missing from their homes in the North American country, according to the latest update of official data.

The numbers, however, began to skyrocket as of 2006. That year, the PAN member Felipe Calderón implemented the so-called war against drug trafficking.

His successor, Enrique Peña Nieto, from the PRI, maintained the same security tactic as of 2012 and during his six-year term, 43 Ayotzinapa students were disappeared.

Although President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Morena) took office in 2018 promising that he would return the military to the barracks, the militarization strategy has been maintained.

A committee of independent UN experts that visited Mexico in November urged the government to "immediately" abandon that strategy.

Forced disappearances continue to be committed directly by public agents at the federal, state and municipal levels.

Organized crime has also become "a central perpetrator" of disappearances, as documented by the United Nations committee, "with various forms of collusion and varying degrees of participation, acquiescence or omission of public servants."

Most of the disappeared are men (75%) between the ages of 15 and 40 who are missing from their homes, mainly in Jalisco (14,971), Tamaulipas (11,971), the State of Mexico (10,996), according to data published up to the seven p.m.

They are followed by Nuevo León (6,222), where in the last month the disappearances of María Fernanda Contreras,

"The impunity that is perceived and the high levels of violence and widespread insecurity that exist in Mexico cause the enjoyment of fundamental rights to be conceived more as a discursive or theoretical situation than as a tangible one," he said in a statement on Monday. the National Citizen Council of the National Search System.

"We make an energetic call so that the Mexican State prioritizes attention to this problem and defines a public policy of the State to prevent and stop forced disappearances in the country," the body has claimed, which has also requested that the mechanisms and instruments contemplated in the law on forced disappearance created in 2017.

The relatives of disappeared persons organized in the Movement of Our Disappeared have also wanted to remember that the number reached this Monday "is not just a number": "They are people with a history, and they are loved ones who are wanted even in the places they least imagine."

“Although families know for sure that this figure is well below the number of cases that we see and live in our contexts every day, the number reached continues to be alarming,” he read.

"Our fight", they have communicated in the letter, "is also for a country in which no one else has to look for a missing love".

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Source: elparis

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