Source: El Universal, Dennis A. García, 21/02/2017 - 14:05
CNDH requests an
integral vison against enforced disappearances
At the UN, the President of the organization, Luis Raúl
González Pérez, considered unacceptable that there is a single case of this
crime and defended the victims' right to justice and reparation
(Photo: Archive - EL UNIVERSAL)
Mexico City. In Mexico, as in other countries,
unfortunately, the practice of enforced disappearance continues to exist, so it
must be tackled in an integrated manner and with shared responsibility, said
Luis Raúl González Pérez, President of the National Human Rights Commission
(CNDH), at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York.
Participating in the ceremony commemorating the Tenth
Anniversary of the entry into force of the International Convention for the
Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, the Mexican ombudsman
mentioned that it is unacceptable that exists a single case of forced
On behalf of the Chairperson of the Global Alliance of
National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), Beate Rudolf, Luis Raúl González
asked National Human Rights Institutions not to give up and to continue in the
struggle to guarantee the right of everyone not to be subjected to a forced
disappearance, as well as the victims' right to justice and reparation.
Before the UN plenary, the President of the CNDH pointed out
that impunity weakens the guarantee of the respect for human rights, which also
reflects the weakening of the rule of law.
"The lack of investigation and sanction of the
aggressors sends a dangerous message that there are no consequences for
committing such acts, which provides an enabling environment for the repetition
of this crime. In all cases justice must come and we should not allow
forgetting", he emphasized.
He said that the meeting was the right place to urge that
institutions responsible for ensuring human rights to "work closely with
States, civil society and the rights holders themselves, to encourage and
advise the State in ratification and incorporation of the Convention into
In this sense, he stressed the need for all States parties
to have an effective and exhaustive Registry of Missing Persons Data, based on
clear, approved and public criteria about the way in which complaints on disappearance
are qualified and how to report on these cases.
As well as professionalizing the persons responsible for
processing, reporting and investigating cases and performing search tasks,
applying approved search protocols for missing persons that generate an
immediate reaction from the authorities, and conforming an adequate system for
the search of missing persons.
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