Saltillo, Coahuila, April 16th, 2013
Through social networks and the media we have heard of the disappearance of four students from the School of Accounting and Administration of the Autonomous University of Coahuila (UAC) on Thursday April 11th, 2013 in the city of Monclova, Coahuila. United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila (FUUNDEC) and the Diocesan Centre for Human Rights Fray Juan de Larios demand that these students, Cecilia Picazo, Marlyn Peña, Cynthia Rivera and Carlos Nuñez are found alive and safe.
It is unfortunate that the crime of disappearance continues in our state. FUUNDEC, since its foundation, has demanded the implementation of measures to prevent this tragedy locally and nationally. We do not want any family to suffer the uncertainty of not knowing where their loved one is.
The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances recommended in 2011 that the Mexican government recognized the scale of the problem as the first step towards comprehensive and effective measures for its eradication. While in 2013 the Mexican government recognized the magnitude of this humanitarian tragedy, we are far from creating the mechanisms that prevents this crime.
We urge the authorities of the three levels of government to coordinate effort to search for and locate Cecilia, Marlyn, Cynthia and Carlos and hundreds disappeared in Coahuila. We want to remind authorities that the first days are crucial for recovering important clues to help locate them.
The families of these students are not alone. FUUNDEC joins them in solidarity and support. FUUNDEC’s most important demand is that all the people that have been disappeared are found alive in Coahuila.
“Searching for our relatives restlessly”
United Forces for Our Disappeared in Coahuila │Diocesan Center for Human Rights Fray Juan de Larios AC