Wednesday, 24 June 2015

99 percent of missing persons in Mexico stay missing

Over the last two years, Mexican law enforcement has managed to locate less than 1 percent of all disappeared people in the country, according to a recent report by El Daily Post. The Mexican daily came to the conclusion by comparing data from two different federal government bodies.

According to figures from the Special Unit for the Search for Disappeared Persons, which was created by the office of the attorney general, Mexican law enforcement managed to locate 112 disappeared people over the last two years.

Only 77 of them were found alive. In the same time period, however, the National Register of Missing and Disappeared Persons documented 26,928 missing people (this number does not include the found 112 people).

The numbers unfortunately suggest if people go missing in Mexico, they are more than likely to stay missing. While the 112 people were found predominantly within the country — in 19 different states of Mexico’s 31 plus the Federal District of Mexico City — three cases were found abroad, in Guatemala, Turkey and the United States, according to national attorney general data.

The missing persons register showed that Mexico's eastern border state of Tamaulipas had the highest number of disappeared people in the last two years, with 5,379 reported cases. Mexico has long been criticized for its high level of violence, disappearances, police corruption and impunity.

This has been compounded since the forced disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero state last September, which has caused massive uproar across the country and international condemnation. Of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training school, just one was found, dead; the rest remain missing.

Earlier this year, Mexico's National Public Security System reported equally startling figures: 1,360 people were reported disappeared in the country in the first four months of 2014 alone – an average of 11 new disappearances a day.

Wednesday 24 June 2015


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