To the Hague Tribunal, mothers of disappeared in Mexico: “As long as impunity continues, the tragedy will have no end.”

20/10/2022 Encarni Pindado / PÚBLICO

El Solecito collective has submitted a report, with evidence, to the International Criminal Court to demand that the crimes of forced and systematic disappearance be considered crimes against humanity. There are more than 105,000 missing people in Mexico.  88,000 cases were from 2006, when the then president of the country, Felipe Calderón, initiated the so-called war on drugs that increased during the mandate of Enrique Peña Nieto (2012-2018) and continues during the current Government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The Solecito collective is integrated by mothers of disappeared persons in Mexico. These, in particular, belong to the state of Veracruz. Due to impunity, incapacity, and the lack of will of the institutions, authorities, and government, they have carried out a crusade: they have become seekers, researchers, experts, anthropologists, and activists … This is the endless list of activities that mothers have carried out (even though professionals should have executed them) to find the remains of their loved ones, tasks tinged with pain, time, illness and economic losses.

Lucía Díaz Genao, from El Solecito collective, whose son has been missing since 2013, is one of the mothers who has traveled to The Hague, where they have delivered relevant information. “We are trying to have Javier Duarte (former governor of Veracruz), and his secretary of public security (Arturo Bermúdez) criminally charged (internationally) due to the disappearances. “The International Criminal Court (ICC) must get involved; as long as impunity continues, the tragedy will have no end”, Lucia said.

To read the entire report in Spanish

Netherlands-based human rights activists are demonstrating to ask the International Criminal Court to start an investigation complaint for alleged crimes against humanity related to enforced disappearance in Veracruz, Mexico. — Felix Marquez

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