Mar 10, 2012

Human Rights Abuses: Mothers in Ciudad Juarez seek help from international investigators to find those responsible for the disappearances of their daughters

La Jornada: Ciudad Juárez "Members of the Committee of Mothers with Disappeared Daughters sought support from international researchers to arrest those responsible for kidnapping and murdering women from 1993 to date, as Mexican authorities have not done so, they stressed.

Francisca Galvan, spokeswoman and lawyer for the activists, said the problem "is more serious than it seems, because in six months local authorities located 14 remains in the valley of Juárez and they have a registry of 115 missing."

The women, known as 'The Ladies'--who, with case records in hand, demand the return of their daughters alive--maintain that they have "no access" to justice, because the person or persons responsible for the killings are free.

Francisca Galvan stated that the mothers of the disappeared are a vulnerable group, because of the type of struggle that they are carrying out, but they also have great strength, "sometimes they begin to flag, but they continue the struggle to find their daughters."

"When officials of the three levels of government look them in the face, they become like little kids, because the Ladies tell the truth and require them to do their jobs," she said.

During a forum on access to justice held in Ciudad Juárez, Francisca Galvan charged that the government "specializes" in concealing information. They have created prosecutors for the issue, but do not do justice to the families of the victims.

The Committee for Missing Daughters Mothers reported that the whereabouts of more than 80 young people remains unknown from 2008 to date. Therefore, they requested the support of specialized international investigators to locate the individuals who have illegally deprived young people of their freedom, primarily in downtown Juarez.

So far this year, the Special Unit for Investigating the Disappearance of Women, from the Chihuahua Attorney General's office, has received 30 complaints. In 19 cases, the victims were minors. The prosecution acknowledges the disappearance of at least 222 females from 1993 to date, mostly minors." Spanish original

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