UN committee’s ‘historic visit’ motivated by Mexico’s 94,000 missing


Source: Mexico News Daily

The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) has begun a 12-day “historic visit” to Mexico during which it will assess the country’s capacity to respond to the missing persons crisis in which more than 94,000 people have disappeared.

Headed by Peruvian lawyer Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana, the committee is made up of a group of experts who monitor the implementation of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, to which Mexico is party.


Police in Mexican border town find 2 shallow graves


Source: AP News

Police and volunteer search teams in northern Mexico have found two bodies in shallow graves near San Luis Rio Colorado, across the border from Yuma, Arizona.

The Sonora state prosecutors office said Tuesday that one set of skeletal remains was located in a vacant lot, covered by a few inches of dirt. The body of another man was found half-buried and wrapped in a blanket nearby.


GONE: Nearly 100,000 people have disappeared in Mexico


Source: The New York Times

They lie in clandestine graves strewn across the desert, mingled in communal pits, or hacked to pieces and scattered on desiccated hillsides.

Buried without a name, often all that’s left once their bodies are gone are the empty casings of a person: a bloodied sweatshirt, a frilly top, a tattered dress.

All over Mexico, mothers wander under the scorching sun, poking at the earth and sniffing for the tell-tale scent of decomposing flesh, hoping for a scrap that points toward their missing son or daughter.


Acknowledging the Missing and Those Who Try to Find Them

Source: New York Times

Nearly 100,000 people have disappeared in Mexico since 1964, many of them victims of the country’s seemingly endless drug war. The grim phenomenon has left thousands of families searching, sometimes futilely, through deserts and other rural areas in hopes of locating the missing. And it has also resulted in countless unidentified bodies at morgues throughout the country.

Fred Ramos, a photographer based in Mexico City, followed mothers on their searches, and also found another unique way to illustrate the missing: He produced stark photographs of the clothing that dressed some of the unidentified bodies. 


Justice elusive 7 years after students abducted in Mexico


Source: ABC News

Several hundred students and political activists marched through downtown Mexico City on Sunday to demand authorities find out what happened to 43 teacher’s college students who disappeared in 2014.

Police in the southern city of Iguala handed the students over to drug gang members, who purportedly killed them and burned their bodies believing they were working for a rival crime group.


‘We live searching’: Mexico families look for the missing, while 52,000 aren’t identified


Source: NBC News

María Isabel Cruz Bernal says she has seen it all. She has witnessed mothers crying because they can’t find their children, parents upset because they’ve been given only a few bone fragments, relatives going through nervous breakdowns because they received the wrong bodies and families searching for years — only to get their loved ones’ remains in poorly sealed garbage bags.

“We have 52,000 unidentified bodies across the country, but we don’t know if there are more,” said Cruz Bernal, 52, leader of Sabuesos Guerreras (which translates as “warrior bloodhounds”), a civil association in Sinaloa state that is one of over 70 groups that make up the Movement for Our Disappeared in Mexico, or MNDM, an organization that recently published a report called “The Forensic Crisis in Mexico.”


Mexico charges 30 marines over forced disappearances in border city


Source: Reuters

Mexican authorities have charged 30 marines for allegedly participating in a string of forced disappearances in the violent northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2018, the Attorney General’s Office said on Thursday.

The charges mark the first high-profile move against military personnel by President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who took office in late 2018 vowing to curb violence and end impunity. His government has made unprecedented use of the military for a range of projects from policing to construction.


Mexico arrests 30 marines over disappearances in Tamaulipas


Source: Yahoo! News

Thirty Mexican marines have been arrested over the disappearance of an unspecified number of people in the north-eastern state of Tamaulipas in 2014, officials say.

Prosecutors say the victims went missing when the marines deployed in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.


Mexico’s navy turns over 30 marines in disappearances cases


Source: AP News

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s navy said Monday it turned 30 marines over to civilian prosecutors to face justice in the cases of people who disappeared during anti-crime operations in the northern border city of Nuevo Laredo in 2014.

The navy said there were outstanding warrants for the 30 charging them with “acting in violation of their duty.”

The military personnel were handed over to the federal Attorney General’s Office late last week, the navy said.


Report: Witness implicates Mexico’s army in abduction of 43


Source: AP

MEXICO CITY (AP) — New testimony by a cooperating witness directly implicates Mexico’s army in the disappearance of 43 college students in a 2014 incident that continues to haunt the country, according to a newspaper report Wednesday.

The newspaper Reforma said the witness, presumably a gang member identified only as “Juan,” alleges soldiers held and interrogated some of the students before turning them over to a drug gang.