Relatives of missing migrants in Mexico demand justice

About thirty relatives of disappeared migrants in Mexico held a tribute to their relatives this Friday in the Mexican capital and demanded that the authorities fulfill their search tasks to do justice.

“If the government were willing to do what it has to do to locate the missing persons and prevent disappearances, everything would be different said Ana Enamorado, a Honduran who has lived in Mexico for nine years looking for her son Oscar, who disappeared in 2010.

Most of the mothers from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras carried photos of their missing children and placed flowers at the +72 monument, a sculpture located in front of the United States Embassy in memory of the massacre of 72 migrants in San Fernando (Tamaulipas ) in 2010.

The tribute takes place while the UN Committee for Forced Disappearance (CED) is in Mexico for the first time analyzing the serious crisis of forced disappearances with more than 94,000 people who have not been located since there are records.

Within its meeting agenda, this committee met with relatives of disappeared migrants, something that Ana Enamorado considered “very valuable” because traditionally their cases have been “very little heard

“Our request is that the authority does what it has to do to locate the disappeared, that it carry out the investigation and that they take care that it is not repeated,” he said.

The families demanded that the Mexican government provide facilities for them to participate in the search brigades, such as granting immigration documents so that they can access Mexico from Central America without problems.

“I can’t count the times I’ve come to Mexico,” said Anita Celaya, a Salvadoran who has been searching for her son since 2002.

“Here we do not come to walk, we come to follow up with our relatives, to make reparation and to demand justice, which is being sorely lacking for all the migrant genocides” he claimed.

Mexico has accumulated since 1964, according to data from the National Search Commission (CNB), more than 94,700 missing and non-located people, the vast majority since the beginning of the military war against drug trafficking that began in 2006.

The CNB does not have a specific registry on migrants who disappear while crossing Mexican territory to the United States.

In March of this year, 16 migrants of Guatemalan origin were found burned in a border area between the northern states of Tamaulipas and Nuevo León.

Mexico has detected more than 190,000 undocumented immigrants from January to September, about three times the number in 2020, in addition to having deported almost 74,300, according to the Migration Policy Unit of the Ministry of the Interior.

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