The Secretary of Foreign Relations, Marcelo Ebrard, received on his last day of work in Mexico to the delegation of the United Nations Committee against Forced Disappearance (CED, for its acronym in English), which visited the country to verify the conditions that persist in the matter.
During the meeting Ebrard highlighted that Mexico recognizes the prevalence of significant challenges in terms of enforced disappearances and committed by individuals, and that the experience and good practices that the Committee has developed since its creation can contribute to strengthening institutional capacities for prevention, investigation, search for missing persons, processes of accountability and reparation for victims.
Too stressed that the Foreign Ministry has reiterated its openness to constructive dialogue and to cooperation with international human rights treaty bodies and mechanisms.
For its part, the delegation made up of the president of the Committee, Carmen Rosa Villa Quintana, the experts, Juan Pablo Albán Alencastro, Juan José López Ortega and Horacio Ravenna, and the secretary of the Committee, Albane Prophette Pallasco, He thanked the Foreign Ministry for its support in achieving the visit and that it took place in a constructive framework.
Villa Quintana thanked the Mexican State for its willingness and its openness to carry out this visit, which had been requested since 2013. The head of the United Nations delegation also emphasized the challenges facing the country, as well as the will of the current government to face them.
Among other things, he said that the Committee will review the report of the visit and send it to the Mexican State in April 2022, which will contain concrete recommendations to face these challenges. The CED visit to Mexico began on November 15 and ended on Friday.
During the first three days of his visit, he held meetings with different federal authorities, including the Ministry of the Interior, the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic, the National Search System and the National Search Commission, the National Institute of Migration, the Ministry of Defense. National, the Secretariat of the Navy, the National Guard and the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, the National Institute for Access to Information and Protection of Personal Data, the National Human Rights Commission, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs itself, always in total respect for the autonomy of the Committee.
The delegation visited 13 states in total: Chihuahua, Mexico City, Coahuila, State of Mexico, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Jalisco, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Sinaloa, Tamaulipas and Veracruz, where they held meetings with high-level state authorities, with groups of victims and carried out some search activities in the field.