More than 204 bodies are found in clandestine graves in Guanajuato in the last quarter of 2020

The violence that is being experienced in Guanajuato continues to alarm the authorities, since month after month uncontrollable numbers of homicides, femicides and clandestine graves are presented.


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Mexico City, January 29 (However) .– The National Commission for the Search of Victims of Disappearance (CNBVD) announced that in the last quarter of 2020 more than 204 bodies in clandestine graves located in three municipalities of Guanajuato.

In her participation in the morning press conference, the head of the Commission, Karla Quintana Osuna, specified the first discovery of bodies was in the municipality of Salvatierra, where 79 bodies were recovered from 65 clandestine graves, in a joint effort between the State Attorney General’s Office (FGE), the CNBVD and relatives of the victims.

The second finding occurred in Cortázar and they found 50 bodies, of which 15 have already been identified. Finally, in Acámbaro they located 35 graves and an approximate of 75 bodies; in this case, 15 of these were complete, so the forensic staff estimated with all the other remains that there would be at least 60 more corpses.

Most of the bodies found belonged to women, youth and adolescents.

The Commissioner pointed out that Salvatierra and Acámbaro are two of the 10 municipalities with the highest number of clandestine graves and bodies recovered in Mexican territory and added that the graves that have been found in these two locations are located in urban areas, so she did not rule out that local authorities are aware of the causes and responsible for the events.

With these alarming figures, Quintana Osuna explained that Guanajuato is one of the five states in the country where 85.21 percent of the bodies recovered are concentrated.

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By number of recovered bodies, Jalisco tops the list with 433 bodies in only 202, which means 2.96 percent of the national total, which is 859 bodies.

Guanajuato follows with 204 recovered fatalities; Colima, with 89 bodies; Michoacán, with 73 bodies found, and Zacatecas, with 60 bodies. All figures reflect 2020 results only.

According to the report, El Salto, San Pedro Tlaquepaque and Zapopan, in Jalisco; and Salvatierra, Acámbaro and Cortázar, in Guanajuato, are the municipalities where little more than half (52.37 percent) of the country’s findings are concentrated.

Despite the fact that, according to the figures presented, in 2020 there was a decrease in the number of graves and bodies recovered, compared to 2019, it is most likely that this decrease is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and not to a real decrease in the violence that plagues the country.

“However, in 2020 there is a decrease in the number of clandestine graves located of 33.05 percent, and of 17.97 percent in the bodies recovered in these, compared to 2019,” said the Undersecretary for Human Rights, Population and Migration of the Ministry of the Interior (Segob), Alejandro Encinas.

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245 bodies were found in clandestine graves in Jalisco during the first half of 2020

Also, Encinas highlighted that in 2020 there was a decrease of 22.39 percent in the number of complaints for disappearance compared to 2019.

He said that between December 1, 2018 and December 31, 2020, the Mexican authorities received 37,807 reports of disappearance, but 56.4 percent of them were located, most of them alive.

“Although the existence of this criminal phenomenon continues, it should be noted that in 2020 there was a 33 percent decrease in the number of clandestine graves and a reduction of almost 18 percent in the bodies recovered.”

He explained that between December 2018 and December 2020, 2,395 bodies have been recovered and almost 22 percent of them have returned to their families in a dignified manner.

-With information from EFE

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