The UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) visited Mexico in November 2021. 

From November 15 to 26, 2021, the CED visited 13 entities in Mexico and held more than 150 meetings with authorities, victims’ organizations, and civil society organizations. The Committee accompanied exhumations and search activities in Morelos, Coahuila, and the State of Mexico. They also visited the Human Identification Center of Coahuila and several federal, state, and migrant detention centers to verify compliance with the obligations contained in the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.

The Committee stressed the importance of Mexico’s acceptance of the visit as a clear expression of the State’s openness to international scrutiny and support; however, they emphasized that enforced disappearances remain widespread, and impunity is almost absolute. Moreover, the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee in 2015 and 2018 remains pending.

According to official figures, 95,000 people are missing in Mexico. More than 100 disappearances allegedly occurred during the experts’ visit. Mexico is also experiencing a severe crisis with more than 52,000 unidentified bodies of deceased people. Additionally, there is an increase in the number of missing children and women as a trend that has worsened during COVID-19. Migrants also face a special risk. Consequently, the CED urged Mexican authorities to quickly locate the disappeared persons, identify the deceased and take prompt steps to investigate all cases.

Mexico must adopt a national prevention policy involving all authorities to end enforced disappearances and ensure that victims have access to truth, justice, comprehensive reparation, and guarantees of non-repetition. 

The report of this visit will be discussed and adopted by the plenary of the Committee during its 22nd Session, which will take place in Geneva between March 28 and April 8, 2022. The CED trusts that the recommendations adopted will be implemented; moreover, the CED is ready to cooperate in this process.

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