General Law on Disappearance of Persons approved by the Legislative Branch in Mexico

 

Families salute the passage of the General Law on Disappearance of Persons, a tool to confront the grave crisis of disappearances and impunity in Mexico

On 12 October, the Chamber of Deputies approved the General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons and Disappearances by Individuals. The families that make up the Movement for Our Disappeared Persons in Mexico (fb: MovNDmx) salute the approval of this law, because it is the result of almost three years of hard work by more than 60 families and civil society organizations (NGOs) that have proposed fundamental contents of this law and because if it is implemented effectively, it will be an important tool to confront the serious disappearance crisis in Mexico.

The Act creates a National Search System, a National Search Commission and 32 Local Search Commissions for missing persons, structures that incorporate the participation of relatives and civil society organizations, in order to find the whereabouts of our loved ones. In turn, the Act recognizes and punishes the crimes of enforced disappearance and disappearance committed by private individuals; promotes exhaustive investigations – through the creation of Specialized Prosecutor’s Offices; and establishes better conditions to approach truth, justice, punishment of the guilty parties, and to break the chronic patterns of impunity that involve this atrocious practice.

The Act also strengthens the National Register of Missing and Unrecognized Persons, which will contribute to sizing the disappearance crisis in the country and responding to the true magnitude of this painful problem.

The rights of the victims recognized in it will also open up new possibilities to provide comprehensive reparations and care for the thousands of missing persons and families who are going through this stormy road. This will only be possible if the authorities – of all levels of government – comply with their obligations and implement the Law correctly.

In the long and desperate search for our loved ones, faced with institutional inaction and collusion, we recognize in the Law a perfectible instrument, but also necessary and urgent as a first step to prevent, eradicate, combat and sanction disappearances.

However, the Legislative Branch’s obligation does not end with the approval of this Law. The Chamber of Deputies has the inescapable duty to allocate a sufficient budget for its immediate and correct implementation during this same session. This is a basic condition for the Act to operate effectively in favour of the thousands of missing persons in the country and their families, and to prevent the realization of criminal conduct.

In addition, we families demand that the Executive Branch publish the Law immediately, this is a historic opportunity to respond to tens of thousands of families that we can no longer expect, committing this administration to lay the foundations for its full compliance.

The road is just beginning, approval is one more step and implementation will be a challenge. For this reason, we demand to recognize our experience and ensure our participation at all times: without families there can be no effective and legitimate implementation of the Law.

#SinLasFamiliasNo

Kindly

Movimiento por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México (Movement for Our Missing Persons in Mexico)

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Ayotzinapa: Interactive Cartographic Platform

The Ayotzinapa Case: A Cartography of Violence

Forensic Architecture was commissioned by and worked in collaboration with the Equipo Argentino de Antropologia Forense (EAAF) and Centro de Derechos Humanos Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez (Centro Prodh) to conceive of an interactive cartographic platform to map out and examine the different narratives of this event. The project aims to reconstruct, for the first time, the entirety of the known events that took place that night in and around Iguala, and provide a forensic tool for researchers to further the investigation. To explore the platform, follow this link.

 

CADHAC, PJGNL and EnfoqueDH sign collaboration agreement

171004-Firma-ColaboraciónCADHAC (Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos A.C.: Citizens in Support of Human Rights A. C.)

October 4, 2017
Bulletin 1710/42

Today, the Nuevo Leon State Attorney General’s Office signed a collaboration agreement with CADHAC and EnfoqueDH – a project funded by the U. S. Agency for International Development – with the objective of strengthening capacities to investigate and locate missing persons in Nuevo Leon.

The document was signed by Attorney Bernardo Gonzalez; by the director of EnfoqueDH Políticas Públicas en Derechos Humanos, Laura Zambrano and Consuelo Morales, Director of CADHAC. Consul General Timothy Zúñiga-Brown and USAID-Mexico Director Elizabeth Warfield accompanied the event as witnesses of honor.

The signing of the cooperation agreement comes at a crucial time for the enforcement of human rights in the state of Nuevo León, particularly since civil society is actively participating in the strengthening of its institutions, accompanying, promoting and evaluating state action in the face of its responsibilities.

For CADHAC, the signing of the collaboration agreement will allow, along with AMORES (Agrupación de Mujeres Organizadas por los Ejecutados, Secuestrados y Desaparecidos de Nuevo Léon: Association of Women Organized by the Executed, Kidnapped and Disappeared of New Leon),  to make futher progress towards the search for truth and justice, while ensuring that new practices are incorporated into the institution of justice so as to allow for progress in non-repetition measures.

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Mexican Senate approves National Law Against Disappearances

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After two years and two months, the Mexican Upper Chamber of Congress approved the National Law Against Forced Disappearance and Disappearance by Non-State Actors. This has taken place four decades after the disappearances of the 1970s and the widespread practice by state and non-state actors since 2006. The families of the disappeared have stated that this law does not do enough to search for the disappeared and give families access to justice. However, they are willing to support the law in order to introduce further changes to it once it is approved. In what follows, there is a translation of the families’ assessment of the law passed by the Senate.

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March of the Mothers of the Disappeared in Mexico

Today is Mother’s Day in Mexico. And the mothers of the disappeared continue with their struggle to find their loved ones. This is the media advisory from the families to invite you to join them in solidarity.

Fifth March for National Dignity in Mexico

 “Mothers searching for their Sons, Daughters, Truth and Justice

 CARTEL FINAL_redes.jpgThe disappeared continue to challenge state and criminal power every time they are remembered in a public event. It is a struggle without rest.

(Historia de la Desaparición. History of Disappearances. Roberto González Villarreal)

Dear national and international civil society, all churches, religions and spiritual beliefs, international media, international organizations. Dear women and men that search for justice and build peace,

For the fifth consecutive year, we, the parents of the disappeared, will go to the streets to express not only our pain but also our discontent with state authorities who do not search for our missing ones.

Our struggle will not stop. We will continue demanding state authorities to search for our loved ones. We will not let authorities distance themselves from the responsibility of guaranteeing the return of our disappeared. We want to let state authorities know that   our search and fight will not end until we find our loved ones.

The march will take place on May 10th, 2016, Mexico’s Mother’s Day. Please show your solidarity by signing Amnesty International’s petition online

http://e-activist.com/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1770&ea.campaign.id=33148

or send a message of hope to the mothers and fathers of the disappeared through the Butterfly Campaign http://www.amnesty.ca/butterflies

 Alive they were taken, Alive we want them back!

 WE mothers no longer cry, now we fight!

Sincerely

Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en México (FUNDEM): Integrada por FUNDEM-Centro, FUNDEC-M-Laguna, FUUNDEC-M Saltillo; Fuerzas Unidas por Nuestros Desaparecidos en Nuevo León (FUNDENL) y Colectivo de Familias de Guanajuato; RED VERDAD Y JUSTICIA: COFAMIPRO Honduras, COFAMIDE El Salvador; Colectivo de Familias de Guatemala; Desaparecidos Justicia Querétaro; HIJOS MÉXICO; Red de Madres Buscando a sus Hijos; Familias Unidas en Búsqueda y Localización de Personas Desaparecidas; Campaña Nacional contra la Desaparición Forzada en México; Comité de Familiares Detenidos Desaparecidos “Hasta Encontrarlos”; Fundación Lucero de América; Justicia para Nuestras Hijas; Asociación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos y Víctimas de Violaciones a los Derechos Humanos en México; AFADEM –FEDEFAM; Enlaces Nacionales; Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho; Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres Chihuahua; Centro de Derechos Humanos Victoria Diez en Guanajuato; Centro de Derechos Humanos Juan Gerardi en Torreón; Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios en Saltillo; Casa del Migrante Saltillo; Diócesis de Saltillo; Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte en Ciudad Juárez.