PBI-Mexico accompanies march against enforced disappearance and femicide in Chihuahua

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On August 1, PBI-Mexico tweeted:

“On July 29, PBI accompanied relatives of victims of #disappearance and #femicide in #Chihuahua. In their intervention, family members asked, Where is the #Justice? and they assured that ‘for them and them, we render memory and make a complaint’.”

On Facebook they added:

“During the event, people marched around the square in front of the government palace ‘against the hands of the clock and in silence’ as a symbol of disappearances and #impunity.”

In April of this year, The Guardian reported: “Last year Mexico recorded 1,015 cases of femicide – when a woman is murdered specifically because of her gender – compared with 977 in 2020. Overall, about 3,500 women were killed.”

And in May, the number of people disappeared in Mexico surpassed 100,000.

At that time, Dawn Marie Paley wrote: “Most of the disappearances have taken place in the context of the War on Drugs, which was launched by former President Felipe Calderón in December of 2006. On average, 25 people are disappeared every day in Mexico. Since Andrés Manuel López Obrador took office on December 1, 2018, that number has topped 30,000 in total.”

Paley has also noted: “Families in Chihuahua state have found remains that correspond to over a dozen bodies in an abandoned mine, and are pushing authorities to grant them access to three more, including one previously owned by a Vancouver company called Kimber Resources Inc. The state of Chihuahua is a major producer of gold, silver, lead, zinc and copper. Over one tenth of the state’s territory is concessioned to mining companies.”

She highlights that Canada has remained silent on this issue.

Paley then writes: “Instead, the emphasis of the Trudeau government in Mexico has been on ensuring the rights of energy companies and monitoring the state of the automotive industry under the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement. …It [also] reflects Canada’s own failure to respond to disappearance domestically, which disproportionately impacts Indigenous peoples.”

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