Target: Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam
Goal: Construct an accurate and transparent database of missing persons in Mexico
In February 2013, the Mexican government announced that they would revise their database of more than 26,000 missing and disappeared persons. With this announcement, many activism groups are hoping that the government will ensure that this database will be transparent, concise and contain cases where serious investigations were involved. The Federal Prosecutor’s Office stated that many names on the current list will be removed. The current list has many problems including inconsistencies, incomplete data, and lacking the names of those who were reported missing or disappeared.
Activists and citizens alike are hoping that the government will follow through on their promise, and ensure that the registry is as complete and thorough as they can make it. Human Rights Watch found that Mexican security forces participated in forced disappearings during President Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs during December 2006 to December 2012. During this time period, officials instructed families not to report their missing relative for several days. Others told the family members to search for the evidence themselves, and some accused these family members of being involved in crimes themselves. Most investigations that were conducted were inept, violated moral and ethical codes, and were downright lazy.
The government should be responsible and ensure that families who list their loved ones as missing have their cases investigated and their names placed on the missing persons list – no questions asked. The police should not be instructing families to hold off on filing a report, as this does nothing to help with finding their loved ones. These forced disappearances are extremely distressing; justice needs to be brought to those responsible. One of the ways to establish that is to ensure a thorough and complete registry of missing people. Sign this petition and urge the Attorney General of Mexico to make this happen.
Dear Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam,
It has come to my attention that your government has promised to revise the missing persons register, ensuring that it is thorough and complete. I commend Mexico for doing this, but I want to ensure that the registry as complete as the people of Mexico deserve.
With the forced disappearances of your citizens during President Felipe Calderón’s war on drugs, I am skeptical about your security forces genuinely pursuing those who are missing or disappeared. I sincerely hope that this list will contain the names of all those who have been reported missing. It is necessary that there be no inconsistencies or incomplete data, as this hurts both the family and the victim. I commend your government for this promise and I hope Mexico will follow through in creating a truly complete missing persons database.
[Your Name Here]
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