Specialists pointed out that in Mexico there is a reasonable basis to prove the commission of acts of torture and forced disappearances as crimes against humanity, for which the State must recognize the situation.
During the virtual forum: “Torture and forced disappearance in Mexico as crimes against humanity”, co-organized by the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and Idheas Strategic Litigation on Human Rights (IDHEAS), the participants highlighted that these organizations sent reports to the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) documenting the alarming figures of torture and forced disappearance in the country, committed by agents of the State or by members of organized crime acting in collusion with the authorities, which constitute crimes against humanity under the ICC’s jurisdiction.
Graciela Rodríguez, Executive Director of the CMDPDH, explained that 197 cases have been reviewed between 2006 and 2018 that occurred in 26 states for the alleged commission of torture and sexual torture as crimes against humanity in Mexico, perpetrated by elements of the federal forces. during the so-called “War on Drugs”.
Likewise, they provide elements to prove the superior responsibility and command of 58 military commanders assigned to Sedana.
Regarding forced disappearances, Jimena Reyes, FIDH Director for the Americas, stated that FIDH and IDHEAS sent a report to the ICC Prosecutor’s Office on the criminal structure in the Nayarit General Prosecutor’s Office.
This report detailed the discovery, between June 2017 and May 2020, of 30 clandestine graves with at least 140 bodies of disappeared persons in that state.