The Final Days of the Calderon Administration and FUUNDEC’s Demands

(Summary of November News on FUUNDEC and Enforced Disappearances, Sources: Excelsior, Noticias MVS, Proceso)

Between 2008 and 2011, 14000 people have disappeared in Mexico according to information from states’ attorney general offices.  This information was provided by 23 states governments out of 32 that were requested this information. Just in some cases, the General Attorney’s Office have collaborated with state governments because it is difficult to prove that those forced disappearances are related to federal crimes such as organized crime and drug trafficking.    The spokesperson from FUUNDEC, Jorge Verastegui, expressed that the problem of forced disappearances might be more serious because families do not denounce the disappearance of their relatives out of fear.  The number of enforced disappearances might reach 25 000 or 30 000 if the latter cases are included.   It is in this context where two mothers have begun their hunger strike in front of Gobernación (the Mexican Department of State) to demand for the search of their disappeared children. Their names are Margarita López and Julia Alonso.  Continue reading