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  • #16
    Mexico calls on UN to help control flow of high-powered weapons to drug gangs

    So who does the UN think is going to deal with the cartels???

    UN questions Mexican Army's role in drug war

    A United Nations report calls on the Mexican government to consider withdrawing the military from the streets amid a spike in human rights complaints.
    By Nacha Cattan, Correspondent April 1, 2011

    Mexico City — Marking one of the strongest statements yet against Mexican President Felipe Calderón's heavy-handed tactics in fighting the drug war, a United Nations report has called on the government to consider withdrawing the military from the streets.

    The recommendation follows a spike in abuse claims since the Army was first deployed four years ago to fight drug traffickers, said the preliminary report by a UN human rights office working group. The group said the military and other government forces have become involved in an increasing number of disappearance cases that can no longer only be attributed to organized crime.

    “The military is not trained to do public security tasks but to confront armed forces,” which explains the growing number of violations, said Ariel Dulitzky, a member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances.
    The Calderón administration says it is doing all it can to protect human rights while it battles ruthless traffickers, whose confrontations have led to 35,500 killings since 2006.

    A joint statement Thursday by the Foreign and Interior Ministries said that the Army has accepted all recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission and that the government has set up a registry of missing persons. But, the statement adds, Mexico is “obligated” to use armed forces as temporary and complementary tools in specific regions due to the violence.

    UN sees signs of Mexican official involvement in wave of disappearances

    from 2015
    None of any thing the UN has said, has made one ounce of difference...
    Mexico: Mexico condemned for torture in a historical United Nations decision: A great victory for victims

    UN says people disappearing in northern Mexico border city

    By: CHRISTOPHER SHERMAN, Associated Press
    Updated: May 30, 2018 - 10:24 PM

    MEXICO CITY (AP) - Jessica Molina has not seen or heard from her husband since March, when Mexican marines broke through their door in Nuevo Laredo and took him and a friend away.

    Molina, a U.S. citizen, said Wednesday that her 41-year-old Mexican husband, Jose Daniel Trejo Garcia, is a mechanic with an established business in Laredo, Texas, where they live. They were only in Nuevo Laredo because she had recently had surgery in Monterrey and was returning to have stitches removed.

    The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on Wednesday called on the Mexican government to "take urgent measures to stop the wave of forced disappearances in Nuevo Laredo and surrounding areas" and said "there are strong indications" that they were committed "by a federal security force."
    The U.N. office documented the disappearance of 23 people since the start of February in Nuevo Laredo and said there could be many more. While it did not name those missing, Trejo Garcia is among those counted by the non-governmental Nuevo Laredo Human Rights Committee.

    "We have documented 56 forced disappearances from Jan. 20 to May 21," said Raymundo Ramos, president of that group. "The majority are attributed to personnel from special operations of the navy."

    Mexico's National Human Rights Commission said it had received complaints concerning the disappearance of 31 people since February, seven of them under 18, and was investigating those cases.

    Neither Mexico's navy, which has contributed marines to the country's fight against drug violence, nor the Interior Department, which is in charge of domestic security, immediately responded to requests for comment.

    Tensions were high in Nuevo Laredo when Trejo disappeared on March 27.

    On March 25, marines had been ambushed three times by gunmen. One marine was killed and several wounded. During the third clash, a helicopter was called in. A family's car driving through a shootout was hit and a mother and two of her children were killed. The father and one boy were wounded, but survived.

    The navy initially denied responsibility, but after an expert concluded the fatal shots came from above, it admitted its helicopter accidentally killed the civilians.

    Molina said the marines who interrogated her and her husband at 1:30 a.m. on March 27 asked if they knew about what had happened in the helicopter incident. The couple explained why they were in Nuevo Laredo. Her husband showed them the business cards for his auto repair shop, but they took him away without any search warrant or arrest order, she said.

    "They were aiming at our heads the whole time," she said. "They can deny what happened, but what I saw were well-trained, uniformed personnel."

    The next morning she filed a report with the Attorney General's Office and the National Human Rights Commission. She went to the marine base, but they denied knowing anything about the incident.

    Now Molina has joined with other families to search for hidden graves along the dirt roads surrounding Nuevo Laredo. This week they were accompanied by Federal Police for the first time, she said.

    Among the cases documented by the U.N., were the disappearances of 21 males and two females, including at least five minors.


    • #17
      In the news today

      Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students Must Be Investigated Anew

      June 5, 2018

      MEXICO CITY — A federal court in Mexico ordered the government on Monday to investigate the 2014 disappearances of 43 college students again, but this time under the supervision of a truth commission to be led by the nation’s top human rights body and parents of the victims.
      The order came in response to legal motions filed by several defendants accused of taking part in the students’ violent abduction, which took place in September 2014 and quickly became an international scandal for the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto. The suspects accused the government of using torture to force confessions, an accusation that the United Nations also made in a recent report.
      But rather than simply validate the allegations of torture, the three judges of the First Collegiate Tribunal of the 19th Circuit unanimously delivered a broad and sweeping indictment of the entire case, describing it as “neither prompt, effective, independent nor impartial.”
      They accused the nation’s attorney general’s office of ignoring lines of evidence that contradicted its theory of the case, and they ordered the creation of a so-called truth commission to oversee the new investigation.