Mexico Missing Persons Tops 100,000 People

Mexico’s official figure of missing people exceeded 100,000 for the first time on Monday as families called for immediate action from the authorities to find victims of violence connected to organized crime.

According to Mexico’s National Registry of Missing Persons, about 100,012 people are missing, and about 75% of the missing people are men as of Monday.

The recent update to the National Registry of Missing Persons kept by Mexico’s attorney general’s office shows that over the last two years, the number of missing people has risen from 73,000 to more than 100,000.

Human rights organizations and families of the missing raised concern and encouraged the government to conduct more effective searches and investigations as soon as possible.

“It’s incredible that disappearances are still on the rise,” said Virginia Garay, whose son vanished in 2018 in the Pacific coast state of Nayarit.

The United Nations’ top human rights body said the disappearances represented a ‘human tragedy of enormous proportions.’

“No effort should be spared to put an end to these human rights violations and abuses of extraordinary breadth, and to vindicate victims’ rights to truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-repetition,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Cases of disappearances have increased significantly since 2007 after former President Felipe Calderon deployed the army into the streets to combat drug traffickers and triggered a wave of violence that the current Mexican administration is still grappling with.

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