The No More Blood in Mexico Blog started back in March 2012, to promote a speaking tour that was hosted in Universities across Canada, entitled No More Blood: Struggles for Peace and Human Rights in Mexico. This speaking tour brought four Mexican human rights defenders to Canada to speak and discuss the worsening of public security and human rights crisis experienced in their country. The goal of the tour was to expand existing mobilization around human rights and social justice issues beyond Mexican borders to raise awareness of the complexity of Mexico’s violence in Canada.
Since the speaking tour, we are continuing to work as a solidarity network in Canada to fight against the War on Mexico, and drug related violence. The blog is currently focusing on helping the families of the disappeared in Mexico. Since 2006, more than 20 000 people have been disappeared in Mexico by organized crime, state security forces or both.
The term disappeared emerged in Argentina during the military dictatorship of the 1970’s. During this period, people went missing. They were not kidnapped because no ransom was demanded. The missing ones were not deceased because their dead bodies were not found. These people were “disappeared” by security forces. This is how the term emerged and it is used in international humantiarian law to describe the situation of those civilians that are abducted by state and non-state actors in an armed conflict.
The blog is currently helping three family organizations to raise international awareness of the disappearance of their relatives in Mexico in the context of the war on drugs. For a description of these organizations, please go to the Disappeared in Mexico tab. The blog is open to other family organizations whose relatives that want to post their information in the future.