On Saturday June 28, 2014, relatives of the disappeared in Coahuila met with state and federal authorities to discuss progress in the search of their loved ones.
This time, the families and the human rights organization “Fray Juan de Larios” decided through a participatory approach to elaborate a list of specific questions for different state authorities regarding the stage of investigations, legislation and institutional capabilities in relation to the search for the disappeared (Please click here to see the questionnaire in Spanish). The questions were addressed to the Ministry of the Interior, the State Attorney’s Office, the Federal Police, the Executive Commission for the Support of Victims, the State Attorney’s Office of Coahuila, the Human Rights Commission of the Chamber of Deputies, the National and the Coahuila’s Human Rights Commissions. These questions were submitted in advance to state authorities prior to the meeting.
During the meeting, most questions were answered by the Scientific Division of the Federal Police, the Executive Commission for the Support of Victims, the State Attorney’s Office of Coahuila, the Human Rights Commission of the Lower House, the both Human Rights Commissions. The State Attorney’s Office answered a few questions related to the Special Unit for the Search of Disappeared Persons. The representative of the Human Rights Undersecretary of the Ministry of Interior took most of the time of the meeting without answering any questions.
So far, very little progress in the search for the disappeared was reported. Families continue to do most of the work in the investigation of the cases of their relatives. If you would like to do something, pressure state authorities by sending the following phrase to the following twitter addresses.
We support the #familiesofthedisappeared in #Mexico @FUUNDEC @gobrep @gobcoahuila @GobTam @nuevoleon