Mexican Priest Alejandro Solalinde on Central, South American Migrants’ Perilous Journey to U.S. | Democracy Now!

Mexican Priest Alejandro Solalinde on Central, South American Migrants’ Perilous Journey to U.S. | Democracy Now!.

From IPS: Mexico Reinvents Forced Disappearance

MEXICO CITY, May 14 2013 (IPS) – When people are forcibly disappeared in Mexico, it does not necessarily mean that the victims are immediately killed. In this country of entrenched violence, forced disappearance is also a method used to feed the markets for sexual exploitation and slave labour.

Mexico has regressed “to the barbarism of Roman gladiators,” lawyer Juan López, a legal adviser to Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desparecidos en México (FUNDEM), a support group for families searching for their loved ones, initially in the northern state of Coahuila and now nationwide, told IPS.

In today’s Mexico, where organised crime is rampant and public security has been militarised, forced disappearances do not follow the pattern seen in past decades in this country and others in Latin America, marked by dictatorships, “dirty wars” against opponents and armed conflicts.

These days “just about anyone” is vulnerable, López said. An unknown proportion of the victims fall prey to “illegal businesses that produce lucrative profits from an unpaid slave labour force,” he said.

This includes the forced recruitment of teenagers and young adults as hired killers, workers in the production of drugs or to serve other needs of the cartels, or for organ trafficking.

“There have been confirmed reports of buses stopped by armed groups who take away all the young men,” López said.

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Hunger Strike by Mothers and Relatives of Mexico’s ‘Disappeared’ Seeking Government Action

On May 9 a dozen women and a few men decided to begin a hunger strike in front of the modern facilities of the Attorney General’s Office to obtain an interview with President Enrique Peña Nieto and demand that he assign someone to be responsible for investigating the whereabouts of their relatives ‘disappeared’ in recent years.Image

Photo Marcela Turati

Please contact the president Enrique Peña Nieto through his twitter account to ask him to meet with these mothers @EPN

Hunger Strike by Mothers and Relatives of Mexico’s ‘Disappeared’ Seeking Government Action

On May 9 a dozen women and a few men decided to begin a hunger strike in front of the modern facilities of the Attorney General’s Office to obtain an interview with President Enrique Peña Nieto and demand that he assign someone to be responsible for investigating the whereabouts of their relatives ‘disappeared’ in recent years.Image

Photo Marcela Turati

Please contact the president Enrique Peña nieto through his twitter account to ask him to meet with these mothers @EPN

Nobel Women’s Initiative in solidarity with mothers marching for disappeared children

May 10 is Mother’s Day in Mexico, but instead of celebrating, many mothers will be marching to protest their children’s disappearance.

Mothers and other family members of the disappeared from around the country gathered in Mexico City for the Second March for National Dignity. More than 5,300 people have disappeared in Mexico since December 2006, according to Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission.

On behalf of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams released the following statement:

“Today I, and my sisters at the Nobel Women’s Initiative are honoured to stand together in solidarity with you again this year as you undertake your second march for justice. Your courage and determination to walk, speak, and act for truth and justice inspire us all, and we walk with you until the day your loved ones are returned, justice delivered, and there are no further victims. We join your calls for the Mexican government to take immediate action to investigate all of the disappeared and to end impunity. We thank you for showing us the path, and look forward to sharing it with you.”

The Spanish version of the statement is below:

“En este día, me declaro en solidaridad con todas ustedes, junto con mis hermanas de la Iniciativa de Mujeres Nobel de la Paz, mientras inician su segunda marcha por la dignidad y la justicia. Su valentía y determinación para caminar, denunciar, y actuar para conseguir la verdad y la justicia nos inspira a todas, y caminamos en solidaridad con ustedes hasta el día que sus seres queridos sean devueltos, se logre la justicia, y no haya más víctimas. Nos unimos a sus solicitudes a que el gobierno mexicano tome acción inmediata para investigar todos los casos de personas desparecidas y poner fin a la impunidad. Les agradecemos por mostrarnos el camino, y esperamos compartirlo con ustedes.”

http://nobelwomensinitiative.org/2013/05/nobel-womens-initiative-in-solidarity-with-mothers-marching-for-disappeared-children/

The Mothers of the Disappeared on Mother’s Day

mother 2Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP/SIPA. Photo copies of people disappeared line the steps of the Angel of Independence monument where relatives and friends gathered after participating in the National March for Dignity on the day Mexicans celebrate el Dia de La Madre, or Mother’s Day, in Mexico City.

MotherPhoto: Marco Ugarte/AP/SIPA. The grandmother of Monica Ramirez holds an image of her missing granddaughter at the Angel of Independence monument where relatives and friends gathered after participating in the National March for Dignity on the day Mexicans celebrate el Dia de La Madre, or Mother’s Day, in Mexico City, Friday, May 10, 2013. Mothers and other relatives of persons gone missing in the fight against drug cartels and organized crime are demanding that authorities locate their loved ones.

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March of the Mothers of the Disappeared during Mother’s Day

March of the Mothers' of the Disappeared during Mother's Day

Nothing to celebrate. Mexicans living abroad. Mexicans living abroad! Do not be indifferent to the pain of these mothers. Thanks to their struggle to find their disappeared, our families in Mexico have not encountered this tragedy. Support these mothers with letters to authorities in Mexico and the country where you live and/or with financial assistance to organizations such as FUNDEM, FUUNDEC, CADHAC, HIJOS Mexico, Human Rights Centre Victoria Diez, etc.