Mar 7, 2012

Drug War and Human Rights: Mexico senate approves bill to create registry of disappeared and missing persons

La Jornada: "By unanimous vote yesterday, the Senate approved the National Data Registy Act for Missing or Disappeared Persons, as well as reforms to the National System of Public Security which have the objective of developing a manual for citizens to know how to respond to checkpoints and police and military operations or in case of crimes.

The National Date Registry of Missing or Disappeared Persons aims to create an information bank about people in that condition and follow up on reported cases. The Act specifies that there shall be publicly accessible means and email addresses to receive the information that citizens provide. It will operate 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and may be consulted by telephone or by a website that is designed for that purpose. In addition, the responsible authority may request the assistance of the media and support by mobile phone companies to communicate information through text messages.

The approved legislation also notes that the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) reported from 2006 to April 2011 a total of 5,397 persons reported as lost or missing and 8,898 dead who have not been identified by the authorities...." Spanish original

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