More than half of the disappearances involve authorities in Sinaloa


Search groups for disappeared persons exposed to the UN the problems that exist in the state

Culiacán, Sin.- In Sinaloa, more than half of the cases of forced disappearance registered before the Public Ministry or the State Commission for Human Rights involve authorities, as it was announced during the meeting of search groups with the Committee Against Forced Disappearances of the United Nations (UN).

According to the position of the Sabuesos Guerreras association, this statement is based on the analysis of 338 files from the CNDH in which 142 point to municipal, state, National Guard Police and officials from the Ministry of Public Education and Culture.

This problem has generated the creation of more than 22 search groups for disappeared persons at the state level, which under mapping work have unearthed more than 600 bodies and more than 10,000 human remains from clandestine graves, of which, most remain unidentified.

Warrior Hounds explained that, according to the balance of the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), in Sinaloa there are more than 533 bodies without being identified in morgues of the forensic medical service, positioning Sinaloa in the second place with the most cases nationwide.

On the other hand, 258 findings of clandestine graves have also been reported during the last 10 years.

In an interview with El Sol de Sinaloa, the leader of Sabuesos Guerreras, María Isabel Cruz Bernal, said that after this meeting the group seeks to make the problem of violence in the state visible at the international level.

“The visibility is so that those of the UN who are in there right now in their meeting know the great magnitude of disappearances that there are in Sinaloa. I think they have already had a meeting with the government and nothing happens in disappearances, then more than anything it is because of that, “he said.

He mentioned that on average, 8 people disappear a day in the state and that so far in 2021, the number of missing persons has rebounded with more than 500 cases.

For his part, Horacio Ravenna, an expert member of the UN Committee Against Forced Disappearances, reported that the main objective of this visit is to listen to the claims of the victims and find out how the state government addresses this problem.

“We have come to listen to the victims and their claims and for the government to explain to us how they are working on this problem,” he told the media.

The result of this meeting, he said, will be the creation of a report that must be approved by the plenary session and that must be debated in Geneva, Switzerland, by the United Nations between the months of March and April of next year.

This could possibly cause the UN to issue a recommendation to the Mexican state for attention to forced disappearance.

This is the first time that the UN visits Culiacán to address issues related to violence and human rights.


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