International Day of the Disappeared: A Mexico Retrospective

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The first event was put on by Comite Cerezo and Hasta Encontrarlos from the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The two groups presented a manual on the case of enforced disappearances in Mexico

By Erik B Wilson and Alejandro Vélez Salas

August 30th marked the international day of recognition for victims of enforced disappearance. The day was commemorated in many countries around the globe including Mexico where 2 main events took place to honor the occasion.

The first event was put on by Comite Cerezo and Hasta Encontrarlos from the states of Guerrero and Michoacán. The two groups presented a manual on the case of enforced disappearances in Mexico – specifically during the narco period. The manual is one of the main results of the National Campaign against Enforced Disappearance that these two organizations have tried to promote. The manual serves as an important tool for states in Mexico that have yet to criminalize the act of enforced disappearance, meaning when people try to lodge a complaint they are either ignored or given a paper verifying their visit to the Ministerio Público (the office in charge of receiving and investigating the complaints). The manual has important information on what to do when someone suffers an enforced disappearance.

The second event was put on by Movimiento por la paz con Justica y Dignidad (MPJD) in front of the human rights section of the attorney general’s office. The group read prepared remarks in front of the human rights office acknowledging the importance of the International Day of the Disappeared and drawing attention to the paltry level of progress that has been made on uncovering the whereabouts of more than 25,000 disappeared Mexican citizens.

The group drew attention to their continued efforts to investigate the disappearance of their loved ones while drawing attention to the entrenched impunity and corruption that fuel the problem. They also noted that despite repeated questioning and interviewing there has been very little attention paid to the continued pain and suffering of many people. Furthermore few resources have been devoted to developing protocols, training researchers and establishing labs and data banks to promote investigation into this problem.

In closing, the MPJD urged the Government to take immediate action on the issue of disappearance in Mexico including:

1) Establishment of a legal and judicial framework to aid in the search for the missing

2) Establishment of an institution framework to coordinate state agencies to search for the missing

3) Care for family members of the missing across Mexico

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