Families of Mexico’s disappeared still waiting for law to help find loved ones
Draft bill that President Enrique Peña sent to Congress in 2015 has been beset by delays
Mexico’s poor human-rights record has worsened in recent years as a result of the state’s decade-long war against drugs cartels: 15 months after President Enrique Peña sent Congress a bill to improve and coordinate efforts between federal and state authorities in the search of the 31,000 people missing as a result of the violence, the families of the so-called “disappeared” are calling for legislators to move on the issue.
International pressure over the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Guerrero in September 2014, along with the UN’s observations, led President Peña to present a bill on the disappearance of people in December 2015. Since then, four Senatorial commissions have studied these proposals and others with the aim of producing a report outlining its recommendations – so far to no effect.
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