Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Ineffectual 'drug war' has left many feared dead

One of the grimmest side effects of Mexican President Felipe Calderon's six-year "war on drugs," that ill-advisedly used the Mexican military against that country's drug cartels, are the thousands of civilians that have since gone missing. More than 26,000 people have gone missing in Mexico as the violence surged, killing innocent and guilty alike.

Families of those missing have grown increasingly frustrated with a sluggish response from authorities that have searched themselves for missing loved ones.

Families of those missing have grown increasingly frustrated with a sluggish response from authorities that have searched themselves for missing loved ones.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/27/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Americas

Keywords: Drug war, missing, mexico, Calderon, human rights


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mexico's Interior Ministry announced the alarming statistic this week but noted that authorities don't have data about how many of the disappearances are connected with organized crime.

Enrique Pena Nieto has since assumed the presidency of Mexico in January. Nieto's government has formed a special working group to focus on finding the missing, Lia Limon, deputy secretary of legal matters and human rights for Mexico's Interior Ministry says. Finding the missing people "is a priority for this government," Limon told reporters.

The release of the government statistics comes after a report from Human Rights Watch said Mexican security forces were connected with the disappearances of at least 149 people during Calderon's tenure.

"President Pena Nieto has inherited one of worst crises of disappearances in the history of Latin America," the organization's Americas director Jose Miguel Vivanco said in a statement.

Human Rights Watch says that in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila alone, officials reported nearly 2,000 disappearances between 2006 and 2012.

Groups and activists say that the forced disappearances are among the most troubling problems Mexico faces. May still caution that these figures are inaccurate, as many disappearances go unreported. 

The data federal authorities have don't specify what caused the disappearances. Limon says the list could include people who have emigrated out of the country or fled because of family conflicts, in addition to people who were kidnapped.

Critics have accused Mexico's government of not doing enough to find the missing and punish those responsible. Families of those missing have grown increasingly frustrated with a sluggish response from authorities that have searched themselves for missing loved ones.

Calderon said the "very high" number of missing people was a growing concern in October of 2011. He listed them among the victims of violence that he described as "open wounds" in Mexican society.

"We don't know the size of the problem," the president said during a speech inaugurating a new prosecutor's office aimed at helping victims.

Human Rights Watch said last week says that it does see a ray of hope in the new administration.

"The Pena Nieto government has been very open so far about acknowledging the scale of the problem and the work that remains for them," Nik Steinberg, a Mexico researcher for the organization says. "The real question will be: are they ready to investigate and prosecute these cases?"

---


Pope Francis calls for your 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women:
That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.



Comments


More Americas

Massive earthquake shake Mexico: Was it foretold by oarfish? Watch

Image of The earthquake, which sent terrified residents running into the streets, has authorities looking for damage and injuries.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

One of the strongest earthquakes over the past several years has rumbled through Mexico. According to the Mexican Seismological Institute, the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 7. As reported here on Catholic Online, the temblor may have been foretold by the ... continue reading


Colombia: Largest South American drug bust in nine years Watch

Image of The drugs were discovered by the local authorities as the ship was about to disembark the port on the northern Caribbean coast for the Netherlands, camouflaged among pineapple pulp.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

It was by far the largest drug bust in all of South America in almost nine years: Colombian police intercepted SEVEN TONS of cocaine headed to the Dutch port of Rotterdam. The drugs had a street value of at least $250 million. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) ... continue reading


Vigilance saves lives: Building codes prevented destruction in Chilean quake Watch

Image of While there was major structural damage in the quakes, it's seen as a minor trade-off where many lives were spared.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Miracles do happen. Only six perished in a massive earthquake in northern Chile following an immense 8.2 earthquake and tsunami. Four of the deaths were attributed to heart attacks and only two were crushed by debris. The reason for this amazingly low fatality ... continue reading


Tsunami batters Chilean coast after MASSIVE 8.2 earthquake Watch

Image of Chileans calmly evacuated coastal areas on foot, with policemen helping bundled-up elderly people and some residents loading up vehicles with their belongings.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A massive 8.2 earthquake has triggered a tsunami off of Chile's northern coast. Waves as high as six feet have battered the coastline. At least five people have been reported dead due to the occurrence. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The deceased, officials ... continue reading


HOUSES OF HORROR: Colombian drug gangs dismember witnesses alive in 'chop houses' Watch

Image of Thousands of Buenaventura's residents have been forced to flee as a result. Some 50,687 people have been forcibly displaced in the past three years, according to official figures.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The screams of people being dismembered alive with chainsaws echo throughout the Colombian port city of Buenaventura. People who live here say they hear the cries late at night, as the local drug gangs exact their vengeance against those who dare to cross them. ... continue reading


Report: Colombian children forced into prostitution during armed conflict Watch

Image of Colombian children caught between uprisings are often forced into situations where they are sexually exploited.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The South American nation of Colombia has been mired in fighting between state security forces, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitary militias for almost 50 years. Along with drug-running, these armed gangs are responsible for sexual violence against ... continue reading


Violence against women in Mexico surges out of control, but who is to blame? Watch

Image of Women in Mexico protest the violence, but without meaningful changes in attitudes and from the government, nothing is likely to improve.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Mexico is a dangerous place to be female. Girls and women alike face astounding rates of violence which includes rape and murder. The horrifying conditions are related to Mexico's failed war on drugs and the breakdown of law and order in many areas, as well as ... continue reading


Denouncing the nation of Panama as a 'lackey,' Venezuela severs diplomatic ties Watch

Image of In yet another dramatic move on the part of the South American nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has severed diplomatic ties with Panama.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In yet another dramatic move on the part of the South American nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has severed diplomatic ties with Panama. Denouncing the country as being a "lackey" of the United States, Maduro accused Panama of being aligned with ... continue reading


Coin found by treasure hunter confirms long disputed historical fact Watch

Image of Sir Francis Drake reportedly covered his discovery of Canada at the behest of Queen Elizabeth I, who supposedly wished to avoid confrontation over the new territory with Spain.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 16th century shilling, buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island has changed the course of Canadian history. An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector discovered the 435-year-old coin and has given credence that British hero, Sir ... continue reading


Starbucks watch out! Crops, jobs and wages in Central America tumble due to coffee bean disease Watch

Image of Roya attacks the leaves of coffee plants with rust-colored spore dust.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The Central American economy is struggling with the outbreak of coffee rust, also known as roya. The disease is crippling coffee crops in the area, leading to a downturn in jobs and income for countries reliant on this agricultural crop. LOS ANGELES, CA ... continue reading


All Americas News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 10:34, 37-43
34 Then Peter addressed them, 'I now really ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
1 Alleluia! Give thanks to Yahweh for he is good, for ... Read More

Gospel, John 20:1-9
1 It was very early on the first day of the week and ... Read More

Reading 2, Colossians 3:1-4
1 Since you have been raised up to be with Christ, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 20th, 2014 Image

St. Marian
April 20: When St. Mamertinus was Abbot of the monastery which St. ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter