Target: Enrique Pena Nieto, President of Mexico
Goal: Investigate murder and disappearance of civilians by Mexican security forces.
Over the past six years, Mexican security forces have been engaged in a gruesome war with drug cartels that has killed over 70,000 people. Mexican security forces have been responsible for the abduction and disappearance of up to 27,000 civilians. The Human Rights Watch has documented cases in which civilians have been taken and never heard from again. Sign the petition to ask the Mexican government to investigate the murder and disappearance of civilians by Mexican security forces.
Maria Orozco, a 56-year-old shopkeeper, has spent three years trying to discover what happened to her son. He and five co-workers were abducted from the nightclub where they worked. All she has of the incident is a grainy security footage that was anonymously submitted in 2010. It shows local soldiers rounding up the men. The deputy secretary of humans rights in Mexico’s Interior Ministry confirmed the scale of disappearances, “There exists, in theory, a database with more than 27,000 people on it,” he said. “It’s a job that’s beginning.” The Mexican armed forces are able to act with impunity and often grab people who turn out to be innocent of wrongdoing. Of the 5,000 criminal investigations by the Mexican security forces between 2007 to 2012 only 38 resulted in sentencing. In the meantime families are often left devastated by the losses of family members.
The Mexican Supreme Court has approved soldiers who are found guilty of abuses to be judged by civilians. Despite this the security forces remain virtually untouchable and free from civilian oversight. Sign the petition to ask the Mexican government to investigate cases of murder and disappearance by Mexican security forces.
Dear President Nieto,
I am writing as a human rights activist to ask your government to begin an investigation of the murder and disappearance of civilians by Mexican security forces. During the six year period of the war against drug cartels waged by your predecessor Felipe Calderon it is estimated that up to 27,000 civilians have been abducted. The Human Rights Watch has documented 149 cases of people who were never seen again after being taken by security forces. The Human Rights Watch has also indicated that the Mexican government has failed to properly investigate these disappearances.
The abductions leave a devastating impact on family members. In addition to not knowing if their loved ones are alive or dead they also suffer great economic hardship. Ixchel Mireles’s husband Hector Tapia was abducted by federal police at night on June 2010. She has not heard from him since. She has struggled financially because of the loss of his 40,000 peso salary and moved her daughter to a cheaper university. She is unable to keep up with the payments on her house because the Mexican social security system does not recognize the disappeared. The Mexican Supreme Court has approved the soldiers convicted of abuse being tried by civilians.
I hope you consider investigating the cases of the disappeared and subject security forces to civilian oversight.
[Your Name Here]