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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 03:49 PM

In Mexico, a ‘crisis of enforced disappearances,’ rights group says

Source: Washington Post

In Mexico, a ‘crisis of enforced disappearances,’ rights group says
By Nick Miroff,
Wednesday, February 20, 2:05 PM

Describing what it called “the most severe crisis of enforced disappearances in Latin America in decades,” the U.S. organization Human Rights Watch issued a new report Wednesday with grim implications for the thousands of Mexican civilians who have gone missing in the country’s shadowy drug fight.

While inquiring into the cases of 249 missing persons in Mexico, the group said, its researchers found credible evidence that soldiers or police participated in 149 of the disappearances.

The victims included husbands and fathers who went out for groceries and never came back and others dragged from their homes by uniformed men in the middle of the night., the rights group said. Many were last seen being stuffed into military trucks and police vehicles.

Claims of extrajudicial killings and other grave rights violations have dogged Mexican security forces for years. But the report released Wednesday is one of the most significant attempts to date to identify patterns of abuse during the anti-drug effort and to examine the degree to which Mexican authorities either fail to investigate disappearances or, in many instances, are responsible for them.

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Judi Lynn Feb 2013 OP
Comrade Grumpy Feb 2013 #1

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Wed Feb 20, 2013, 04:16 PM

1. Denunciations of this shit have been rising for the past few years.

It is reminiscent of the bad old days of the 1960s and 1970s in Mexico, but this time apparently without the political context. The Mexican state is in a very ugly and brutal war with the cartels, and that's what this is about (as far as I can tell; there have been some accusations that the drug war is providing cover for other killings or disappearances).

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