90,000 people have disappeared amid Mexico’s drug war


Source: Deutsche Welle

Cacti, rock, mountains and gray desert sand, dotted with the remains of abandoned, gutted buildings. That’s all there is to see at the foot of the Picachos del Fraile mountain outside the northern Mexican industrial city of Monterrey. Perhaps that’s why the drug cartels chose this place to kill and bury their opponents and why the drug war raged particularly fiercely there in 2010. Hundreds of people disappeared.

Some were abducted to work for the cartels or smuggle drugs. Others were arrested by security forces, then their trail was lost.


‘We live in fear’: Over 6,000 migrants in Mexico have been violently attacked


Source: NBC News

Yorje Pérez Moreno traveled thousands of miles from Venezuela to reach Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, leaving his family, friends and studies, as he fled the violence of state security forces who allegedly persecuted him for participating in anti-government protests.

“My dream was to finish college, but they wouldn’t let me. They beat me, chased me and threatened to imprison me, that’s why I had to leave,” Pérez Moreno, 23, said.


Why is Mexico Suing U.S. Gunmakers


Source: The New York Times

For years, Mexico has been gripped by horrific violence as drug cartels battle each other and kill civilians. In the last 15 years alone, homicides have tripled.

The violence, the Mexican government says, is fueled, in part, by American guns, and the nation’s lax gun control laws.


Bodies of six men found hanging from a bridge in Mexico


Source: Reuters

The bodies of six men were found hanging off a bridge in the city of Zacatecas in north-central Mexico on Thursday, an official said, in a region where some of the country’s biggest drug cartels are fighting over lucrative trafficking routes.

The half-naked bodies were discovered in the early hours of the morning, said the source at the local prosecutor’s office, requesting anonymity as he was not allowed to speak publicly to the media. Mexican newspapers also reported the grisly find.


‘We’re Living in Hell’: Inside Mexico’s Most Terrified City


Source: The New York Times

Fresnillo feels to residents overrun by violence and paralyzed by fear, a testament to the failure of Mexico’s government to tackle organized crime.

The violence was already terrifying, she said, when grenades exploded outside her church in broad daylight some five years ago. Then children in town were kidnapped, disappearing without a trace. Then the bodies of the executed were dumped in city streets.

And then came the day last month when armed men burst into her home, dragged her 15-year-old son and two of his friends outside and shot them to death, leaving Guadalupe — who didn’t want her full name published out of fear of the men — too terrified to leave the house.


Mexico’s supreme court decriminalizes recreational use of cannabis


Source: CNN

Mexico’s Supreme Court struck down laws which criminalized the recreational use of cannabis on Monday evening.The decisive 8-3 ruling comes after advocates pushed for decriminalization as a means to reduce drug-fueled cartel violence in the country.The court declared the prohibition of cannabis unconstitutional in 2018, leading lawmakers to move forward on passing a bill.

However, after a bill signed by Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador struggled to make it through Congress deliberations weeks after the set deadline, the court moved to vote.


A U.S.-Mexico Pledge to End Disappearances Fails to Grapple with the Complicity of the State


Source: The Intercept

BURIED IN THE news of Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit to Mexico this month was a binational vow to end one of the Western Hemisphere’s most daunting human rights crises: the ongoing and unsolved disappearance of tens of thousands of people south of the Rio Grande.

In a fact sheet circulated after Harris’s June 8 meeting with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the two countries promised expanded forensic capacities in the years ahead, “potentially bringing closure to tens of thousands of families and ending impunity for offenders” responsible for Mexico’s epidemic of disappearances. The State Department, together with the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Justice Department, would continue to train Mexican lab technicians and police to work disappearance cases, the Biden White House said, while the FBI “will train genetics experts on a new system to track forensic information and improve capacity.”


String of Shootings in Mexico Border City Kill 18 People


Source: US News

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Attacks by armed gunmen firing from cars in several neighborhoods of the northern Mexico city of Reynosa killed 18 people, state security forces said on Sunday.

The multiple shooting incidents on Saturday were committed by “individuals who were aboard several vehicles,” a group comprising the security forces of Tamaulipas state said in a statement.

The group originally reported 15 deaths but later said three more people were found dead. Members of the army, state police and National Guard militarized police were deployed to monitor the area after the killings.


Former mayor gets 8 years in murder of Chihuahua journalist


Source: Mexico News Daily

A former mayor has been handed an eight-year sentence in the killing of journalist Miroslava Breach in Chihuahua city in 2017.

Hugo Amed Schultz Alcaraz, the former mayor of Chínipas, Chihuahua, admitted to his role as an accessory to the murder. The sentence bars him from future political activity and the right to appeal, and obliges him to provide monetary compensation and a public apology. By accepting the terms, Schultz received a shorter jail term.


Mexico missing students: Remains of third victim identified


Source: BBC News

Forensic experts have identified the remains of a student who was among a group of 43 who disappeared in the Mexican state of Guerrero in 2014.

A prosecutor said tests had revealed that bone fragments found in a ravine belonged to Jhosivani Guerrero.

He is the third member of the group whose remains have been found and identified.