Appointment to the CNB, decision questioned
By. Jose C. Serrano
For decades, one of the problems that the country has faced in terms of human rights violations is the disappearance of people -regardless of social status-, as well as the identification of bodies located in common and clandestine graves in various entities of the national territory.
Based on the provisions of article 2, section IV of the General Law of Forced Disappearance, it was determined to create the National Search Commission (CNB), as well as the local commissions for this purpose, in each entity of the country.
In this way, on March 7, 2018, he took oath as first commissioner. Roberto Cabrera Alfarowho was at the head of the CNB until January 17, 2019.
On February 8, 2019, the then Secretary of the Interior, retired minister Olga Sánchez Cordero, announced that the president Andrés Manuel López Obradorappointed Karla Quintana Osunas the new national commissioner, who, after working almost five years in the agency, presented her resignation from the position on August 23.
During the period between March 2018 and August 2023, the Citizen Council of the National Person Search System monitored the actions undertaken by the CNB.
In accordance with article 60 of the General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons, Disappearance Committed by Individuals and the National Persons Search System, it was created in Citizen Council, made up of five family members; four specialists in the protection and defense of human rights, the search for missing persons or in the investigation and prosecution of the crimes provided for in said law; as well as four representatives of human rights civil society organizations.
Among the functions that the counselors perform is to propose actions to the National System to make the search and location of people efficient, as well as improve victim care programs.
After the departure of Karla Quintana Osuna of the CNB, on August 24, on October 23 of this year, the Secretary of the Interior, Luisa María Alcalde Luján, announced that the President Lopez Obrador has given its approval for Teresa Guadalupe Reyes Sahagún takes over the new ownership of the CNB. Mayor Luján He said that the appointment occurs after a process of public consultations with groups of victims, experts and civil society organizations.
However, the first voices of specialists are already being heard criticizing the lack of experience of Kings Sahagun in the search for missing people and their lack of knowledge of forensic sciences or criminal investigation.
The General Law on Forced Disappearance itself establishes a requirement that its owner has worked in this matter at least in the two years prior to his appointment. Kings Sahagun Since 2021, she has been general director of the National Institute for Adult Education (INEA).
In Mexico there are more than 112 thousand people missing. His registration and search has become a new center of battle for the government of Lopez Obrador.
The president has questioned the census of disappearances and has ordered a new count. The dispute within the Executive ended with the departure of Quintana Osunalast August 24.
The president of Mexico expressed that Teresa Guadalupe Reyes Sahagún “She is a sensitive and hard-working woman, committed to the defense of human rights. We are convinced that she will help strengthen the search tasks that we are carrying out throughout the country.”
The UN commissioner for human rights published a message to question the suitability of Kings Sahagun in office. “The process of appointing the new head of the CNB did not have the desirable levels of consultation, participation, transparency and scrutiny.”
Kings Sahagun He has held several positions in Morena. She was a federal deputy for the Labor Party (PT) from 2009 to 2012. Later she was Secretary of Defense of Sovereignty of the Executive Committee of Morena, until 2015 and a member of the National Elections Commission, until 2018.
The National Citizen Council (CNC) of the National Search System questioned the appointment of Kings Sahagun as the new head of the CNB, and demanded to reinstate the procedure for the appointment of its new head.
In a statement released on October 25, the organization criticized the lack of transparency, exclusion and simulation in the selection process.
Justice and truth cannot be compromised for the sake of political loyalties!
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