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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