Mexico, land of the disappeared and the dead

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The number of Mexicans who have vanished through abduction — and worse — has soared to new highs.

From teleSUR English:

At least 13,156 people have been disappeared in Mexico during the past three years of government of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government, a report by the National Registry of Missing or Disappeared people (RNPED) revealed Friday.

The report takes into account the disappearances that have been reported from January 2013 to April 2016 and the figure surpasses the disappearances recorded between 2007 to 2012 during the administration of Felipe Calderon, which is considered the peak of the “drug war” that brought an unprecedented wave of violence to the country.

Official data reports that 74 percent of the missing people are men and 26 percent women. Meanwhile, the age range with the highest number of reported cases is between 15 and 19 years. Among those disappeared are the 43 Ayotzinapa students.

Calderon declared war on drug cartels in 2006 with the backing and influenece of Washington and since then, more than 150,000 people have been killed, more than 30,000 have been disappeared and at least 8,000 cases of torture have been documented. This drug war policy has continued under Peña Nieto.

During his presidential campaign, Peña Nieto promised that “in a year” Mexicans will begin to see results of his strategy to battle organized crime.

Earlier this year Mexican officials and organized crime organizations were accused by civil society groups and the Open Society Initiative of committing crimes against humanity, due to the alarming number of extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances and torture cases.


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