By the end of 2016: 30,000+ people recored missing in Mexico; Tamaulipas in first place

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By the end of 2016: 30,000+ people recored missing in Mexico; Tamaulipas in first place


In 2016, more than 30 thousand people were recorded missing
Written by Editorial Staff Digitallpost / in Featured, National / on Friday, Apr 07 2017 09:00 AM /
CDMX, MEXICO CITY (AP) - Due to clashes between organized crime groups, often in complicity with authorities, the number of missing people in Mexico at the end of 2016 has grown to almost 30,000, according to the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) .

In 2013, shortly after the start of the presidency of Enrique Peña Nieto, authorities had reported 26,000 people missing.

According to the CNDH, six of the country's 32 states did not respond to requests from them to provide data on missing persons and pointed to different flaws in the national and state registries.

In relation to the states with the greatest number of disappeared, contrary to what one might think, it is not Veracruz, the locality that takes the lead in this aspect. With 5,563 people recorded missing, Tamaulipas is in first place, because, for years, it has been the scene of struggles between the former Gulf cartel and its former armed wing Zetas.

In the list, listed in descending order below that, are the State of Mexico and Jalisco, where the New Generation Jalisco Cartel (CJNG) operates, with 2,523 cases each.

On the other hand, the CNDH reported having counted the discovery of 855 clandestine graves over 10 years until 2016, from which 1,548 corpses were exhumed, 1 to 053 of men and 152 of women.

However, also in this respect, several states did not offer data and, given the reports, that is to say of news of graves appearing in the media, the number of bodies reported would amount to about 3,200.

The Commission noted various deficiencies in both the search for missing persons and the mechanisms for identifying bodies, demonstrating both the lack of will and professional teams to do so. Of the total of 1,548 bodies, just over half have been identified.

In Mexico, justice "remains a mere aspiration for many people, particularly for the families of the thousands of disappeared," many of whom undertook the search for their loved ones on their own, said the head of the CNDH.

With information from agencies and the National Human Rights Commission