Committee against Enforced Disappearances of the United Nations presents report of its visit to Mexico

Mexico.- Today, the United Nations Committee against Enforced Disappearances (CED) published its report on the visit to Mexico that it carried out between November 15 and 26, 2021.

The visit was a sign of our country’s commitment to the promotion and protection of human rights, as well as its openness to constructive dialogue and international cooperation.

During its stay in Mexico, the CED delegation held meetings with 88 authorities and visited 13 states: Chihuahua, Mexico City, Coahuila, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Veracruz. In addition to holding meetings with high-level state authorities, he met with groups of victims and carried out some search activities in the field.

In presenting its report, the CED Committee thanked the Mexican State for its valuable support and openness to achieve the visit and for it to take place in a constructive framework. He also emphasized the challenges facing the country, as well as the will of the current government to face them.

The report presented consists of two parts and contains 85 recommendations, in which it is pointed out, among other things, the need to adopt a national policy for the prevention and eradication of forced disappearances, as well as the priorities to address said policy and the conditions minimum for it to be efficient and effective; to strengthen national institutions and search and investigation processes; to guarantee the systematic and effective coordination of the institutions; to remove obstacles in the prosecution and forensic crisis; to facilitate access to search, truth, justice and reparation with a differential approach, and recognize the role of victims.

Similarly, the committee recognizes important regulatory, institutional and jurisprudential advances in Mexico, such as the adoption of the General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons, Disappearances Committed by Private Parties and the National Search System for Persons; of the General Law of Victims; the creation of the National Registry of Disappeared and Unlocated Persons; the reactivation of the National Search System for Persons; the creation of local search commissions and Specialized Prosecutor’s Offices for the Investigation of Crimes of Forced Disappearance of Persons; the adoption of the Homologated Protocol for the Search for Disappeared and Non-Located Persons and the Additional Protocol for the Search for Children and Adolescents, and the possibility of incorporating those who participate in the searches into the Protection Mechanism for Human Rights Defenders and Journalists.

The Mexican State appreciates the work of the committee and respectfully receives its recommendations with the commitment to implement them in good faith. The Ministry of the Interior, through the Undersecretariat for Human Rights, Population and Migration, will be the institution in charge of coordinating efforts to work on a strategy to address the recommendations made by the CED.

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