UN commends Mexico for Law on Enforced Disappearances

The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the UN states Mexico has the task now of allocating all efforts and resources on the effective implementation of this law
Citizens in Support of Human Rights, Monterrey – Photo: Emilio Vásquez/EL UNIVERSAL
17/01/2018
11:17
Pedro Villa y Caña
Mexico City
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The Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances of the United Nations (UN) has commended Mexico for passing the General Law on Enforced Disappearances, a legislation that could turn the page on the situation this country is facing in that regard, in addition to promoting a path towards truth, justice, and compensation.

In Geneva, Switzerland, this UN Working Group, led by Bernard Duhaime, from Canada, highlighted the need of allocating all necessary efforts and resources on the effective implementation of this law, so it can have a real impact in every-day life but above all, in the needs of the victims.

Experts in enforced disappearances have highlighted the openness of authorities in ensuring the participation of families, as well as other civil organizations, in the legislative process, and have recognized the Mexican State for having addressed, with the passing of this bill, the recommendation issued in 2011.

This case is a stark contrast to the reaction the UN had on the Law on Internal Security, passed at the end of last year, which was condemned by the UN and several human rights organizations.

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Nevertheless, the UN Working Group confirmed its offer of continuing to collaborate with the Mexican Government in the prevention and eradication of enforced disappearances in Mexico.

Experts stressed the vital role this new Law is assigning to local governments, without setting aside the leadership and coordination Federal authorities have to display “in compliance with their international obligations arising from the laws on human rights”

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