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Mexico: Human tragedy with thousands of disappearances – Activist murdered looking for her son

THE “human tragedy” of more than 100,000 disappeared people upset once more the Mexico yesterday Wednesday, as the authorities announced the murder of an activist, a 44-year-old mother who was searching for her son, missing since 2019.

Member of a collective of women looking for their missing children, Rosario Rodriguez was kidnapped by gunmen after attending a prayer service for her child on Tuesday night in the state of Sinaloa (west), according to the NGO Adónde van los Desaparecidos (“Where do the disappeared go?”). The body of the 44-year-old woman was found a few hours later near a bridge in the community of La Cruz de Elota, according to the same img.

I am deeply saddened by the murder of Rosario Rodríguez Baraçatireless fighter like so many other women from Sinaloa who are looking for their loved ones” was the reaction of the governor of the state, Ruben Rocha, via Twitter.

The news of the mother’s murder made headlines in Mexican media the day after International Day for Victims of Enforced Disappearances by State Officials.

Her son, Fernando Ramirez, went missing in October 2019. It is not known if he was kidnapped by government officials or organized crime.

“It is a priority to solve her murder,” as she was “a woman and a member of an extremely vulnerable group such as those looking for missing persons,” the local prosecutor’s office emphasized.

Many crimes (feminicides, kidnappings, murders of journalists…) go unpunished in Mexico.

Εξαφανίσεις στο ΜεξικόΕξαφανίσεις στο ΜεξικόDisappearances in Mexico

Last Tuesday, relatives of disappeared people marched in various cities to denounce the ineffectiveness of the authorities in searches for missing persons.

In Mexico they are counted over 100,000 disappeared, “human tragedy of enormous proportions”, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights held in May.

This phenomenon in Mexico, as noted by APE-MPE, dates back to 1964, when it started the state’s “dirty war” against various rebel organizations in the 1960s and 1970s. But it swelled dramatically in the 2000s, when the violence of drug-trafficking gangs escalated.

Collectives estimate that the number of missing persons is even higher, as many families do not report disappearances to prosecutors due to fear or a lack of trust in the authorities.

Source: News Beast

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