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More than 1,000 clandestine graves found in Mexico since 2006
A report called “Violence and Terror” shows that the Attorney General of the Republic was only able to identify 6% of exhumed corpses between 2000 and 2015 - Photo: Ernesto Álvarez/EFE

More than 1,000 clandestine graves found in Mexico since 2006

21/06/2019
18:03
Alexis Ortiz
Mexico City
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Mexico has a troubling lack of anthropologists and criminal experts, which makes it hard to identify the bodies

A total of 1,606 clandestine graves were detected by Mexican state prosecutors between 2006 and 2017, according to a report conducted by the Ibero-American University and social organizations.

The study called “Violencia y Terror: Hallazgos sobre Fosas Clandestinas en México 2006-2017” (Violence and Terror: Mass Grave Findings in Mexico 2006-2017) revealed that authorities were able to exhume a total of 2,489 human bodies and 584 remains in 24 of all 32 federal entities.

These numbers were obtained through requests for information. However, the report indicates that the problem could be even more serious considering that Mexican authorities don’t report as many mass graves as news outlets.

Between 2009 and 2016, the Mexican press reported 618 clandestine graves, from which 1,829 bodies were exhumed in 23 states.

In view of this situation, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico Jan Jarab claimed that, although the figures were significant, “one must always keep in mind that we are dealing with human beings. We must not forget that behind those numbers, there are multiple individual stories,” he stated.

The UN representative made six recommendations to Mexico to address the issue of clandestine graves.

“The country should work to eradicate violence with a focus on human rights. Authorities should work to make a record of all mass graves and create a national exhumations program based on international standards. They should inform the population on the subject and strengthen research capacities to identify and sanction those responsible for the clandestine graves,” he stated.

A report called “Violence and Terror” shows that the Attorney General of the Republic was only able to identify 6% of exhumed corpses between 2000 and 2015.

In this sense, Karla Quintana, head of the National Search Commission, assured that there was a troubling lack of anthropologists and forensic archeologists in the country, which makes it harder to identify the victims’ bodies.
 

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