New complaint against Mexico in the International Criminal Court

MEXICO CITY (HPD) — The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) this week filed a new complaint against Mexico at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for the forced disappearances that occurred in the state of Veracruz, in the Gulf of Mexico, between the years 2010 and 2016.

Organizations that are part of the FIDH explained on Wednesday at a press conference that the documentation of cases and the analysis of the context that was carried out in Veracruz contain “evidence” to prove crimes against humanity because, according to what they indicate, the forced disappearances had a generalized pattern and systematic.

The Federation had already filed at least two lawsuits in The Hague for similar events that occurred in Coahuila and Nayarit that the Court has not yet addressed but that could be reinforced with this new complaint, since similar criminal contexts were documented in all cases. said Juan Carlos Gutiérrez, director of IDHEAS, one of the NGOs that make up the Federation.

The objective, the activists said, is that a preliminary examination be opened to Mexico for these crimes or some type of communication be launched to the Mexican State to establish commitments to fight against impunity.

The report that was presented as evidence to the Court documents 22 cases of forced disappearances as an example of a phenomenon that goes further, according to FIDH, because some of these victims were found among the more than 600 corpses located in two of the clandestine graves. largest located in Mexico.

“This is further proof of the existence of crimes against humanity in Mexico, committed by organized crime, state authorities or both acting together,” said Jimena Reyes, FIDH Americas director.

The activists also denounced that disappearances continue to occur not only in Veracruz but throughout a country where there are already more than 100,000 missing persons and where there are 52,000 unidentified remains in morgues and mass graves, according to official data.

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