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AMLO asks the Senate for UN intervention in forced disappearance

The president of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, sent in the last hours a formal request to the Senate for it to recognize the competence of the United Nations Committee against Forced Disappearance, which will facilitate this body to investigate cases in the country.

“President López Obrador fulfills his commitment. Mexico recognizes the competence of the UN Committee on Forced Disappearance,” the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration of the Ministry of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas, said on Twitter this Wednesday.

The official attaches the official document sent to the Senate.

The Declaration made by the United Mexican States to recognize the competence of the Committee against Forced Disappearance to receive and examine the communications presented by persons who are under its jurisdiction is “submitted for the approval of the Chamber of Senators of the Honorable Congress of the Union. jurisdiction, “the document reads.

It is then accompanied by a text signed by the president of Mexico himself in which he recalls the tragedy of the disappeared in the country.

According to the most recent data, Mexico has accumulated from 1964 to date a total of 73,201 missing persons and 3,978 clandestine graves.

“Among the efforts of the Mexican State to abate this scourge is the ratification of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, adopted on December 20, 2006, and in force for Mexico since December 23, 2006. 2010 “, says the president.

In his letter, he considers it necessary for the UN committee to be able to intervene in the country.

“The declaration of recognition would contribute to the fulfillment of the National Development Plan 2019-2024, which in the Policy and Government section, indicates as a specific strategy for priority and urgent matters, the special prevention of violence and crime,” he adds.

Therefore, he asks the Senate to submit his request for an opinion and, where appropriate, approval. “In order to be able to continue with the procedures leading to its entry into force,” he concludes.

According to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, enforced disappearance is understood as the arrest, detention and kidnapping that is the work of State agents or persons acting under their umbrella, followed by the refusal to recognize their disappearance, according to the Acnudh.