PBI-Mexico accompanies relatives of victims of enforced disappearance at ceremony in Chihuahua

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On August 30, PBI-Mexico tweeted:

“PBI accompanies relatives of victims in Chihuahua while placing plaques with the names of 202 people whose families @CEDEHM [the Centre for Women’s Human Rights] accompanies.”

As noted on the CEDEHM website:

“Initially, our work focused on accompanying women and their daughters and sons seeking justice after being victims of gender-based violence. Starting in 2010 as a part of the government’s strategy for militarizing public safety, rates of violence in Chihuahua increased in an exacerbated way and led us to accompany others who have suffered serious human rights violations, such as disappearances, human rights organizations at risk for carrying out their work, and communities forcibly displaced by violence. Chihuahua currently occupies one of the first places of incidence of violence against women, disappearance of people, and assaults against human rights defenders.”

El Heraldo de Chihuahua reported:

“The day will begin this August 30 at 10:00 am with a mass, which will be presided over by the priest Camilo Daniel Pérez in the temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the end, the caravan will start towards the Garden of Justice, where the anti-monument Plasmando Esperanza [a glass mosaic mural] is located, in front of the State Attorney General’s Office. In the mural will be placed the names of 202 people whose families the Cedehm provides accompaniment.”

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That article highlights: “According to the National Registry of Missing Persons and not located nationwide are 111,093 people, of those victims 3,535 are from the state of Chihuahua.”

The United Nations has noted:

“On 21 December 2010, by its resolution 65/209 the UN General Assembly expressed its deep concern about the increase in enforced or involuntary disappearances in various regions of the world, including arrest, detention and abduction, when these are part of or amount to enforced disappearances, and by the growing number of reports concerning harassment, ill-treatment and intimidation of witnesses of disappearances or relatives of persons who have disappeared.

By the same resolution the Assembly welcomed the adoption of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, and decided to declare 30 August the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances, to be observed beginning in 2011.”


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