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Under AMLO, the number of missing people in Chiapas has increased by 458%

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The report of a non-governmental organization (NGO) reveals that the disappearance of people in Chiapas increased by 458%, during the government of Rutilio Escandón Cadenas from the Morena party, in the period from 2019 to 2024, due to the war between the Jalisco New Generation Cartel ( CJNG) and the Sinaloa Cartel in the dispute over territory for drug trafficking, among other illegal activities.

According to the report Tocar el Vacío (Touching the emptiness) from the Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas Human Rights Center (Frayba), the disappearance of people in Chiapas, in the southeast Mexico, had an exponential increase in the period 2019-2024 due to crime-related violence.

On Thursday, April 22, when the report was presented, activist Mario Gómez, Frayba researcher, indicated that when updating the figures in 2023, 312 cases were recorded. Taking the years from 2019 to 2023, the increase was 458%, “only taking official figures from the National Registry of Missing and Unlocated Persons.”

“In 2019, a total of 68 missing people were registered, by 2022 the figure was 244 missing and it has been increasing year after year.”

With Morena, the disappearance of people in Chiapas increased by 458%; the war between drug cartels.

According to the researcher, “this increase is derived from a critical dispute over territorial and social control by organized crime,” since according to daily records published in the media, there is a war between the CJNG and the Sinaloa Cartel that leaves citizens unprotected, due to the inefficiency of the authorities.

The result of the 81-page report shows that this alarming number of missing people in Chiapas coincides with the management of Governor Rutilio Escandón of the Morena party in the period 2019-2024.

Mexican soldiers next to a burned car used as a barricade on a highway in Chiapas, a state plagued by the violence of criminal cartels.

The study was presented by independent civil organizations, including Voces Mesoamericanas, Frayba, Serapaz, and Melelxojobal, who have formed the working group against disappearances in Chiapas.

The document also detailed the lack of political will to address the problem from its causes and accused the authorities of making the phenomenon invisible and of hiding and minimizing it.

According to the Frayba registry from 2022 to 2023, the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Chiapas (FGE) registered 201 investigation folders for the disappearance of people by individuals, of which, 165 were in process, 22 did not pursue criminal action.

Sandybel Reyes, researcher, and activist from the organization Voces Mesoamericanas, which registers and accompanies the search for relatives of migrants from Chiapas, expressed that the immigration policies of both Mexico, Central American countries, and the United States lead to people being criminalized in their transit. towards the US

“We can observe that these policies are from a security approach and not from a human rights approach, which leads to people being singled out and criminalized in their transit and made invisible by their country, which is the case of Chiapas,” he added.

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