Missing in Mexico

10/12/16 The New York Times

10029149386_d1e9c06c9e_o.jpgRegarding the tragic disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero, the government has consistently stated its commitment to solve the case, to provide adequate attention to the victims and, crucially, to ensure that all those responsible are brought to justice. So far, 130 people have been arrested in connection with this case and are being prosecuted.

The assistance provided by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been positively assessed by the government.

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Activists launch site on Mexico rights abuse

10/12/16 Deutsche Welle

7664200602_d081526954_oA transparency website has gone online in Mexico, providing information on the gravest rights abuse cases in the country’s recent history. Still, the activists behind the project accuse the officials of holding back.

The online files include pictures, videos, and declassified documents on over a dozen well-known abuse cases in Mexico, with more material set to be published after the site’s launch on Tuesday.

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Human rights abuses continue in Mexico but U.S. officials still want to restore aid

10/07/16 Los Angeles Times

16755068770_143d2d4146_oThe Obama administration wants to restore financial aid to Mexico that it cut last year to protest the country’s human rights record, even though abuses have continued, officials said Thursday.

Last year, the State Department cut about $5 million in aid to Mexico, part of a broader package allocated under the so-called Merida Initiative that was generally aimed at fighting a drug war.

The money was withheld because U.S. officials said Mexico had not lived up to its commitments to investigate egregious atrocities, including the kidnapping and apparent killing of 43 college students by local authorities in September 2014.

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Mothers, Looking For Missing Loved Ones In Mexico, Find Scores Of Graves

03/10/16 NPR

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A group of relatives of the drug war’s disappeared in the city of Veracruz took it upon themselves to search for their loved ones. In the past two months, they’ve discovered nearly 100 graves.

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Now we report on a daily routine in Mexico. Each day, for the past two months, a group of mothers travels to an isolated hillside. The mothers put on gloves and masks and start digging. They’re searching for loved ones who went missing in Mexico’s drug wars. And they’ve uncovered nearly 100 graves in the port city of Veracruz. NPR’s Carrie Kahn reports.

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Mexico’s push for same-sex marriage might be getting a holy opponent

09/29/2016 Business Insider 

POPEMexico’s conservative movement against same-sex marriage seems to have gained a holy backer.

During last Sunday’s mass at the Vatican, Pope Francis said a few words that are being interpreted by many Mexicans as a show of support for those leading the fight against marriage equality in the Aztec nation.

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Demand for Inquiry Into Police Abuse of Women May Embroil Mexico’s President

09/22/16 The New York Times

HE_Enrique_Peña_Nieto,_President_of_Mexico_(9085212846)MEXICO CITY — International human rights officials are demanding an investigation into the brutal sexual assaults of 11 Mexican women during protests a decade ago — an inquiry that would take aim at President Enrique Peña Nieto, who was the governor in charge at the time of the attacks.

The demand is part of a multiyear examination by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights into abuses during a 2006 crackdown ordered by Mr. Peña Nieto on San Salvador Atenco, a town in Mexico State where demonstrators had taken over the central square.

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Mexico Victims Discover 75 Mass Graves, Rebuke Authorities

09/06/16 InSight Crime

Family members of disappeared persons in east Mexico have discovered 75 mass graves in a month in a stark demonstration of the incapacity — or unwillingness — of authorities to determine the fate of thousands of citizens that have gone are missing in the country.

The Solecito Collective of Veracruz (Colectivo Solecito de Veracruz) found the mass graves in Colinas de Santa Fé, an urban area of Veracruz city that borders the port facility there, the organization’s coordinator Lucía de los Ángeles told RadioFórmula.

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