Activists request AMLO to act against enforced disappearances in Mexico

Members of civil society organizations demanded the creation of a commission to locate the victims and punish those responsible

Activists request AMLO to act against enforced disappearances in Mexico
The activist assured that the upcoming administration had shown a political willingness to pursue their agenda - Photo: Jair Cabrera/EL UNIVERSAL
English 31/08/2018 19:31 Mariluz Roldán Mexico City Actualizada 19:33
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Members of the National Campaign Against Enforced Disappearances in Mexico, composed of civil society organizations, demanded President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador to create a commission of truth that would allow to know the location of every victim of enforced disappearances and find those responsible for the crimes.

Yesterday, in the framework of the International Enforced Disappearances Victims Day, the organizations stressed that, in order to begin a pacification process in Mexico, it was necessary to guarantee the rights of those who had fallen victim to serious human rights violations, which implied the access to truth, justice, memory, a comprehensive reparation, and a guarantee that these human rights violations would not be repeated.

In order to fulfill these requests, they stressed that they didn’t ask for the resolution of only one or two cases, but a well-rooted solution to the country’s need for justice. They demanded that a commission of truth were created for all victims of enforced disappearances in the country, with aims to locating every single victim and the ones responsible for these crimes against humanity.

They also requested the creation of a federal amnesty law for political prisoners to be set free, and the promotion of a general law for the protection of human rights activists and journalists.

“There will be no excuses this time,” stated Grace Fernández, a representative of the Movement for Victims of Enforced Disappearances in Mexico, in an interview with EL UNIVERSAL. She stated that they had met two times with members of López Obrador’s upcoming government in order to present the main issues regarding disappearances. “They will have no excuses to blow us off, because we are telling them, from this moment, everything they need to know.”

The activist assured that the upcoming administration had shown a political willingness to pursue their agenda. The campaign is now working on a task list with the future Minister of Interior, Olga Sánchez Cordero, and Alejandro Encinas, who will soon be the assistant secretary of Human Rights, Population, and Migration at the Ministry of Interior (SEGOB).
 

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