Sunday, March 22, 2020

REDIM Documents Cases of Forced Recruitment of Youth for Organized Crime


Since the middle of last year, the Network for Children's Rights (REDIM) documented three cases of forced recruitment of young people by criminal groups in Guanajuato, as reported by Juan Martín Pérez García, director of the organization.

"They come and pick them up, the documented ases we have take place in the late evening. These are obviously young men from 15 to 17 years old and are linked at the moment in wars of the State against criminal groups," warned the academic and human rights defender.

He explained that in each case complaints were filed with the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR) and with the Guanajuato State Attorney General (FGE), but in the latter, the investigation has not progressed.

"There is forced recruitment of men among groups such as the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación and the Cartel Santa Rosa de Lima. There are several documented cases of the issue ... What we find is that it corresponds more to the border municipalities with other federal entities. Borders are often fragile and this in turn allows crimes to be easily committed. "

He explained that in 2011, the United Nations Children's Committee issued recommendations to the Mexican State so that forced recruitment could be classified in the Federal Penal Code, however, now there is no way to sanction anyone for it.

Pérez García explained that the war and dispute over the territory of organized crime organizations led to the construction of private armies.

“They are non-state armed groups with great fire capacities that are confronting the Mexican State and they need soldiers. That is why they are recruiting so many, especially unprotected girls, boys and adolescents. They are the ones who are out of school and they’re the ones with very fragile family ties ”.

He explained that in these cases, they often have a family and community context linked to cultures of illegality, "and clearly the State is absent."

The director of REDIM explained that, although girls, boys and adolescents are recruited, they are later re-victimized, detained by authorities or killed by criminal groups or disappeared, that is, a human rights crisis.

The phenomenon began in Chihuahua, Tamaulipas, Sinaloa, Sonora and has been ongoing. For Juan Martín Pérez unfortunately Guanajuato has been increasingly growing with crime, in the way that entities such as the State of Mexico, Guerrero and Veracruz also appear to be.

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