Target: Nuevo León, Mexico Congress
Goal: To successfully add enforced kidnappings and disappearances to the criminal code in Nuevo León
The Nuevo León Congress in Mexico has brought criminalizing enforced disappearances up for consideration. Nuevo León criminal code should take enforced kidnappings into account, bringing attention to this serious issue.
Enforced disappearances are a long-standing problem in Nuevo León, one that needs to be addressed immediately. There is evidence that police and security officers are involved in these disappearances, causing increasing urgency in this matter. Several human rights and global government groups, including the Human Rights Watch and the UN Working Group on Enforced Disappearances, have documented an increase in enforced disappearances since 2008.
It is important that the Nuevo León Congress add enforced disappearances to the criminal code in order to ensure that prosecutions and convictions of offenders are conducted correctly. This will also help deter rates of these disappearances in the future through effective and efficient prosecution. There have been dozens of enforced disappearances in Nuevo León since 2011, many of which have been linked to state and national police forces and police officials.
Amnesty International defines an enforced disappearance as when a person is “arrested, detained or abducted by the state or agents for the state, who then deny the person is being held or conceal their whereabouts, placing them outside the protection of the law.” Each and every instance of an enforced disappearance violates a host of human rights. Such violations include the right to security and dignity, the right not to be subjected to cruel and unusual punishment or torture, the right to humane conditions of detention, and the right to legal personality, among others.
Please take the time to sign below and encourage Nuevo León’s Congress to criminalize enforced disappearances. Tell the Congress and lawmakers that this issue cannot be taken lightly, and needs to be included in the criminal code.
Dear Congress of Nuevo León,
It is commendable that you acknowledge the importance of addressing the issue of enforced disappearances. These are crimes that are committed dozens of times a year, and more often than not, end in tragedy. Enforced disappearances are not to be taken lightly.
Therefore, it is a necessity for enforced disappearances to be added to Nuevo León’s criminal code. Criminalization of these kidnappings will help ensure that those responsible are brought to justice, as well as help protect others from ever becoming victims of this crime.
Once enforced disappearances are added to the criminal code, they must be defined in a way consistent with the definition adopted by international human rights organizations and treaties. Keeping the consistency of this definition will help identify occurrences of enforced disappearances, and increase the effectiveness and efficiency of prosecutions.
Please be sure to address the severity of this issue in the new legislation.
[Your Name Here]
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