Search groups for the disappeared claimed justice in AMLO’s march.

November 27th, 2022 /INFOBAE

Today’s march convoked by the President of Mexico departed from the Angel of Independence monument towards the Zócalo of Mexico City, where the president will issue his fourth government inform. Search groups for disappeared persons in Mexico took advantage of the mobilization of this November 27 – organized in favor of the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) – to claim justice and denounce the lack of support from the Executive Branch. Gathered at the Glorieta de la Palma, on Paseo de la Reforma, Mexico City (renamed by civil organizations as the Glorieta de Las y Los Desaparecidos), relatives demonstrated to show the president the faces of those people they have not been able to locate.

The purpose of demonstrators was frustrated since they could not approach the place where the president arrived. In addition, the group had a “clash” with the president’s supporters, who chanted, “AMLO!, AMLO!, AMLO!”. Also, a family gathered in front of the Angel of Independence monument during the march to demand that authorities address their case. They argue that no one takes their case seriously.

“No one is here to attack López Obrador. We need him to help us (…) We need him to support us”

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Families of disappeared people call on López Obrador to address the crisis that Mexico is going through. (Photo: Glorieta de las y los Desaparecidos/ @GlorietaMx)

“This space is ours”: relatives of the disappeared demonstrated at the Glorieta del Ahuehuete against the Mexico City government.

By Fabiola Sánchez Morales / INFOBAE

November 13th, 2022

The demonstrators reported that it was the third time the administration headed by Claudia Sheinbaum deleted the names and photographs of their loved ones. “This is our space; here we had all the photos, the names, everything of our disappeared.”

This is the third time that they repainted it, that they covered it again with fences, so in one way or another, we want to let everyone know that this space is ours, explained a mother who has been looking for her son since March 3, 2019.

It is worth mentioning that the demonstration called for November 13 in front of the Glorieta del Ahuehuete took place after last November; groups of relatives of disappeared persons reported on social networks that the government of Mexico City removed the names and photographs of their loved ones on the fences of the old Glorieta de La Palma. Their statement and publication affirmed that these deletion actions only demonstrated the “policy of oblivion.” In addition, they pointed out that the government intends to hide the cases so as not to “taint” the Sheinbaum administration.

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Groups and relatives returned to claim the space as theirs; on top of the Christmas paintings ordered by the administration of Claudia Sheinbaum, the demonstrators wrote the legend “Glorieta de Las y Los Desaparecidos.” Photo: Fabiola Sánchez Morales

UN calls on Mexico to implement “an arsenal” of recommendations on missing persons.

Jessica Xantomila / La Jornada / November 13th, 2022

Mexico has “an arsenal” of recommendations from the United Nations (UN) and the inter-American Human Rights system to address the crisis of disappeared persons. Still, it needs to put them into practice to address this situation, said the vice president of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances, Gabriella Citroni.

The country “has advanced in what we could call institutional scaffolding, new mechanisms have been instituted, and there is a National Search Commission (NSC); But it is not enough; we must follow up and see on a day-to-day basis how it is implemented, where it is blocked and encounters obstacles,” she said in an interview with this media, after meeting with relatives of missing persons.

In a short unofficial visit to the country that lasted two days and a half, she also held meetings with authorities, such as the undersecretary of Human Rights of the Ministry of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas, and the head of the NSC, Karla Quintana. Citroni explained that in the “complex” panorama of disappearances in the country, which total more than 107,000, the Working Group is particularly concerned about the absence of effective preventive measures and the insecurity experienced by those who seek, especially the mothers of victims, as well as impunity and law enforcement.

She also expressed concerns about the legislative reforms “that goes in a direction quite contrary to what the inter-American system for the protection of human rights and the United Nations have been unanimously recommending Mexico regarding public security” after the Army’s powers were extended.

With her visit, she said, “we want to reaffirm with the families that we are monitoring the situation (of disappearances) very closely and that they know that they continue to count on us.” She said we could “provide technical assistance.”

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The number of disappeared in Mexico rises to 107,201

Nestor Jiménez / LA JORNADA / November 7th, 2022.

According to the public version of the National Registry of Missing and unlocated Persons, since 1964 to date, 158,000 people reported as missing have been found.

At the same time, the number of people currently reported missing in Mexico already amounts to 107,201; that is, 7,000 more than last May, when the threshold of 100,000 was exceeded. Meanwhile, for those who were without life, official figures show that between 2018 and 2022, the location of the bodies of 4,551 people was reported; that is, it represents 41 percent of all people located dead, and at the time their disappearance was reported.

Reports of missing and unlocated people suggest that one in four are women. On the other hand, among those found dead, 14 percent are women, and 84 percent are men. In the case of men without life, the most significant number of reports are from those between 20 and 29 years of age, while in the case of women, the highest incidence is between 15 and 29 years. Most were located in the state of Mexico (one thousand 777), Jalisco (one thousand 306), and Sinaloa (one thousand 254), followed by Chihuahua (829), Puebla (622), Nuevo León (600) and Tamaulipas (526). 94 percent of the bodies are Mexican nationals; the nationality of 563 was not identified; 29 were Americans, 25 were Guatemalans, and about 30 were from various nationalities.

According to the reports registered in the last 12 months, December of last year was the month with the highest incidence, with the discovery of 88 people without life (83 men and five women). From November 2021 to last October, 640 people were found dead. The reports show that, in the case of those who are reported missing, the highest incidence is concentrated in Jalisco, with just over 15 thousand; followed by Tamaulipas, with 12,400, and the state of Mexico, with more than 11,700 reports of disappearance.

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