El Universal, 8/26/2010
Municipal, state, and federal authorities have either ignored or permitted the growth of the business of kidnapping migrants in Mexico, stated Mauricio Farah, who was the official in charge of migration issues at the National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH) and who led the creation of the Special Report on the Kidnapping of Migrants.
So far, he said, the state has not promoted an integral migration policy to stop the huge number of cases of extortion and kidnapping of Central Americans crossing through Mexico.
This message has been stated by national and international human rights organizations, as well as politicians, activists from civil society organizations and Catholic human rights defenders.
Following the massacre of 72 undocumented migrants–58 men and 14 women–at a ranch in the municipality of San Fernando, Tamaulipas, civil society organizations issued a statement yesterday that this killing is not an isolated incident and that they have documented and reported the testimony of kidnapped migrants for more than two years.