Mothers of the disappeared march in Mexico

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On May 10, Mexico’s Day of the聽Mother, thousands of mothers and other family members of the disappeared held a聽March for National Dignity in the capital, calling for action on their missing loved ones. The march, which filled the main avenues of Mexico City, was organized by a coalition made up of 60 regional collectives of survivors of the disappeared from around the country. In the days before the march, a group camped out outside the National Palace, demanding a dialogue on the matter with聽President聽Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador.

Last month, the disappearance of Debanhi Escobar, an 18-year-old law student, sparked fresh outrage amid a spate of disappearances of women in Monterrey, capital of northern聽Nuevo Le贸n state. Her body was found two weeks later submerged in a cistern on the grounds of a motel near where she was last seen alive, according to authorities. Hundreds of women blocked a highway in downtown Monterrey in the days following, demanding an end to gender violence. Twenty-six women and girls have disappeared in Nuevo Le贸n this year, and five more have been found dead after being reported missing.

The United Nations Committee on Enforced Disappearances last month聽urged Mexico to address “the alarming trend of rising enforced disappearances,”聽saying the problem is facilitated by “almost absolute impunity.” (Al Jazeera, El Financiero, El Pais)

Attacks on journalists continue
Just as Mexican media workers聽prepared to protest the killing of a journalist last week, word came May 9 that two more were shot to death in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz. The killings of Yessenia Mollinedo Falconi and Sheila Johana Garc铆a Olivera, both of the online news site El Veraz in Cosoleacaque, brought聽to 11 the number of journalist slayings in the country this year.聽Veracruz state authorities say they are investigating.

Their killings followed the ninth slaying of journalist this year, in the northern state of Sinaloa. Prosecutors there said May 5 that the body of Luis Enrique Ram铆rez Ramos was found on a dirt road near a junkyard in the state capital, Culiac谩n. Ram铆rez Ramos, of local news site Fuentes Fidedignas, had been abducted near his home hours earlier. (AP)

See our last report on the聽human rights crisis in Mexico.

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    Mexico’s National Registry of Disappeared Persons has now surpassed 100,000 names. The figure has jumped by more than 30,000 since聽President Andr茅s Manuel L贸pez Obrador too office in 2018. (El Financiero)