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August 30, 2015

25,000 Persons Disappeared since 2007; 12,500 in 3 Years of Peña Nieto’s Administration – Amnesty

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25,000 Persons Disappeared since 2007; 12,500 in 3 Years of Peña Nieto’s Administration – Amnesty

   Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International Photo: Amnesty International

Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International Photo: Amnesty International

In listing emblematic cases of enforced disappearance, Amnesty International cited the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students as a case with great impact worldwide. The AI report states: “Even with the world’s attention on the case, Mexican authorities have failed to properly investigate all aspects of the case, especially the disturbing criticism regarding complicity of the armed forces.”Aristegui Noticias

Like Gambia, Syria, Sri Lanka and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mexico is a country whose government uses enforced disappearance to silence their critics and instil fear, reported Amnesty International (AI).

On August 27, Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International, presented a report to mark International Day of the Disappeared, which reveals that since 2007—i.e., during the administrations of Felipe Calderón [2006-2012] and Enrique Peña Nieto [2012- ]—almost 25,000 people have disappeared in Mexico.

AI reported that almost half the disappearances, 12,500, have occurred during the current administration. AI then added that “governments in all regions of the world, from Syria to Mexico and from Sri Lanka to Gambia, could have hundreds of people, and even thousands, locked away in secret.”

AI has asked the Government of Mexico to solve the problem of disappeared persons. To this end, it has organized a campaign of letters in Spanish called #Noesnormal, urging the president of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto, to adequately investigate the thousands of disappearances.

AI’s letter to Enrique Peña Nieto:

Enrique Peña Nieto
President of the Republic 

Mr. President, 

I am writing to express my deep concern about the human rights crisis that Mexico is going through. 

It is time for authorities to recognize that the abductions and enforced disappearances in Mexico are one of the issues that has framed this crisis and to fulfil their obligation to implement effective measures to combat it. Therefore, I ask that the following steps be taken; namely, that:

– Protocols and teams for ‘rapid search’ be established for all cases of disappeared persons.

– Comprehensive law on enforced disappearance be adopted that would include the declaration of absence owing to disappearance.

– Single register of disappeared persons be created.

– Legislative measures be adopted to ensure that enforced disappearances committed by the military against civilians be investigated and tried by civilian authorities.

– Investigations be thorough, exhaustive to the last line of investigation and facilitated by the participation of persons close to the victims.

Also, I ask that you prevent and punish acts of intimidation and harassment against families of disappeared persons and against the organizations that support them. 



Translated by Jane Brundage



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