PBI-Mexico accompanies Paso del Norte at march against enforced disappearances
The Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project has posted, “This August 30, the international day of forced disappearance, PBI accompanied the Paso del Norte Human Rights Center on the march to make visible the struggle of mothers and families. To make the search for missing persons a priority for the government.”
PBI-Mexico has previously noted, “The Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre, located in Ciudad Juárez, in the state of Chihuahua, was created in 2001 by priest Óscar Enríquez Pérez to address human rights issues in the region.”
It adds, “Today, the Centre’s main areas of work are a comprehensive defense of rights and the accompaniment of victims of human rights violations, with a focus on cases of torture and enforced disappearances.”
Equal Times has reported, “A total of 37,435 people recorded by the Mexican government as having disappeared between 2007 and April 2018. The authorities admit, however, that the figure could be much higher, taking into account the many cases that are not reported, and those that have happened since April.”
The United Nations has highlighted of particular concern “the ongoing harassment of human rights defenders, relatives of victims, witnesses and legal counsel dealing with cases of enforced disappearance.”
PBI-Mexico has accompanied the Paso del Norte Human Rights Centre since 2013 due to concerns about their security.
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