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Six Months after Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico, Citizens and International Community Still Seek Justice
Six months after 43 students were forcibly disappeared in southern Mexico the undersigned international human rights organizations express concern that many questions remain unanswered. As the investigation into the students’ disappearance continues, we call on the Mexican government to fully support the work of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights-appointed Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos y Expertas Independientes, GIEI), which has been tasked with reviewing the case, and to fully implement its recommendations.
Nineteen organizations presented information before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights yesterday on the situation of enforced disappearances in Mexico and the challenges faced by State in addressing this issue.
A lack of proper search and identification processes for disappeared persons and a widespread pattern of impunity found within the investigation and prosecution of those responsible has allowed the phenomenon to reach disproportionately high levels across the country. Given the near-absence of trustworthy institutional channels, many victims´ family members have resorted to conducting their own searches and investigations, which often places them at even great risk.
Civil society organizations criticize Bolivia’s response over rights violated during the dictatorship
Several organizations reported insufficient achievements of the State of Bolivia in the search of truth, justice and redress for severe violations of human rights committed in Bolivia during the 18 years of military regimes.
ASOFAMD, Freedom Women’s Movement (Movimiento de Mujeres Libertad), the Platform of Social Fighters (Plataforma Luchadores Sociales), Union of Victims of Political Violence (Unión de Víctimas de Violencia Política), Amnesty International and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), presented today before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the State of Bolivia, their demands regarding the rights violated during the dictatorship.
Civil society organizations presented today before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) the prison crisis faced by El Salvador and the governmental and social indifference underlying this issue.
According to data from the General Office of Prison Centers (DGCP), 28.697 people are incarcerated across the country’s 22 penal centers even through the capacity of those centers was designed to support a maximum of 8,490 inmates. This means that overpopulation stands at 338%.