Friday, February 22, 2013

Enforced Disappearances in Mexico

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Over the past 6 years, Mexico has faced a crisis of enforced disappearances. Under former president Felipe Calderon, security forces including the police, the army, and the navy has enforced disappearances. There have been reports that 25,000 people have "disappeared" or been missing since 2006. Only a very small number of the victims have been found. Obviously, this is a serious human rights violation and a serious crime. President Calderon denied the allegations that the security forces were involved in the disappearances for a long time, but later did admit that they were responsible. Despite admitting it, he has taken very little steps to resolving the issue. New president Pena Nieto has pledged to help end and solve the disappearances, but has not yet taken any action.

I think it is ridiculous that the Mexican has done anything to help find the victims and to find the people responsible. The police and armed forces are getting away with kidnapping and then possibly torturing and killing civilians. The government or somebody should step in to stop it. Even the new president hasn't taken any action, which I find hard to believe. The families of the victims should at least know what happened to the loved ones. I find it hard to believe that the Mexican government doesn't know what happened to these people. The government is covering it up or is responsible for the disappearances. Either way something has to be done about it, as this serious human rights violation can't continue.

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