Security & Strategic Review - January 2022

MEXICO: Enforced disappearances continue to haunt Mexico

The Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), a United Nations (UN) body, ended its recent trip to Mexico with a damning verdict. Enforced disappearances are not solely an issue of Mexico’s past, the CED announced, but continue to plague its present. The committee commended President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s government for its cooperation on the trip, which saw the CED visit 12 states and Mexico City (CDMX) between 15 and 26 November. However, the committee’s findings highlight President López Obrador’s failure to live up to campaign promises to tackle enforced disappearances. According to the CED, disappearances continue to be “widespread” throughout the country, existing amid a culture of “impunity and revictimisation”. To consolidate the point, the committee noted that during its 12 days in the country, another 100 people had been disappeared.

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