By Pedro Montes de Oca
Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo said that Mexico will have a general enforced disappearances law by 2015, because the Mexican government must continue to work with international human rights organizations.
Mexico’s report to the U.N. Committee against Enforced Disappearances of Persons was presented after the meeting of a Mexican delegation with representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Geneva, Switzerland.
Gómez Robledo said there is a need to get this constitutional reform through first, and the law afterwards.
Congress started its ordinary session period Sunday and the legislature ends in June, which is also a time for intermediate elections. This proposal has to be put into effect before then, Gómez Robledo said.
Once the reform is approved, he said it can be used to perfect several tools which still have significant weaknesses and insufficiencies, such as protocol registration.
Gómez Robledo also said Mexico will expect the report with the committe’s recommendations in the next two weeks, which covers pending legislative topics and public policy challenges in Mexico.
“We will follow through and comply fully with the recommendations,” he said.
When asked directly about the number of enforced disappearances, the undersecretary said there is no exclusive register of enforced disappearances.
“There is one that mixes unallocated persons and eventually forcibly disappeared persons, but it is something we must correct,” he said.
He said the government is working on the new development agenda the United Nations has set, because development is impossible without addressing the causes of exclusion.
In a message to NGOs, Gómez Robledo expressed his confidence in the recommendations presented to the Mexican government and said they will strengthen the measures Mexico has taken since the entry into force of the convention in 2010 and commit the country to new actions.
The Mexican delegation included representatives of the office of the president, federal legislators, a member of the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims, officials from the states as well as the governor of Coahuila.
Original: The News