On July 9, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project posted: “Today in Ciudad Juárez [in the state of Chihuahua] we accompany @CdhPasodelNorte [Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre] and @UnidasVerdad [Families United for Truth and Justice] in search work and the tracking of missing persons.”

“The families of missing persons face dangers that put their physical and emotional integrity at risk during their tracking efforts. Therefore, we express our concern about the absence of local authorities during today’s search.”

PBI-Mexico adds: “We call on the Mexican authorities to fulfill their duty to guarantee protection for families and their companions in the search for their loved ones.”

The Intercept recently reported: “At the very minimum, nearly 90,000 people and counting have disappeared in the past 15 years, a tally that exceeds the Cold War totals of desaparecidos in Argentina, Chile, and Guatemala combined.”

That article adds: “The current iteration of disappearances in Mexico is linked to former President Felipe Calderón’s 2006 deployment of thousands of troops into the streets in a supposed war on drug trafficking organizations.”

NBC News has reported: “The majority of disappearances have been reported since 2006 and 40 percent were recorded since December 2018, since the start of the administration of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.”

In the first five months of 2021 alone, 605 victims were recorded.

The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project has accompanied the Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre since 2013.


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