Thursday, May 31, 2018

Nuevo Laredo: U.N. sees federal forces connection in wave of disappearances

Chivis Martinez Borderland Beat...Republished from Reuters   Thanks again Tu Fren

Citizens have been reporting this for months: 

The U.N. human rights office has “strong indications” that Mexican federal security forces are behind a wave of disappearances in and around the city of Nuevo Laredo, a statement from the U.N. human rights chief said on Wednesday.

Mexican officials did not immediately respond to the UN allegations.

The U.N. has documented the disappearance of 21 men and two women in Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas State from February until May 16 this year, the statement from U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said.

“Many of these people are reported to have been arbitrarily detained and disappeared while going about their daily lives,” the statement quoted Zeid as saying.

A local human rights organization put the number of disappearances in Nuevo Laredo at more than 40, and the U.N. human rights office received testimonies that they were allegedly perpetrated by a federal security force, often late at night or at dawn, the statement said.

The report is the latest finding by international groups highlighting alleged abuses by the government in its decade-long battle against criminal gangs.

La Jornada reporting:

According to testimonies received by the UN-DH, these disappearances were often perpetrated at night or at dawn, by members of a federal security force. People were reportedly detained by uniformed personnel while walking or driving on roads, and according to the information received, several vehicles were found on the side of the road, burned with bullet impacts.

"It was reported that many of these people were arbitrarily detained and disappeared while carrying out their daily lives." It is particularly horrific that at least five of the victims are minors, three of them very young, just 14. These crimes, perpetrated during four months in a single municipality, that is outrageous, "said High Commissioner Zeid.

The UN High Commissioner pointed out that, in spite of the extensive information and evidence available, the Mexican authorities have made little progress in locating the disappeared persons and in investigating what has happened to them.