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Tue May 17, 2022, 09:42 AM

Mexico disappearances reach record high of 100,000 amid impunity

Source: BBC

Mexico disappearances reach record high of 100,000 amid impunity

By Vanessa Buschschlüter
BBC News

17 May 2022

The number of people reported as disappeared in Mexico is at a record high of 100,000, figures suggest.

Government data, which goes back to 1964, shows that almost all the disappearances have occurred since 2007, when then-President Felipe Calderón launched his "war on drugs".

The United Nations has called it "a human tragedy of enormous proportions".

Many of the missing are victims of organised crime and hardly any of those responsible are punished.

The latest update to the national registry of missing people kept by Mexico's attorney general's office shows that over the past two years, the number of disappeared has risen from 73,000 to more than 100,000.

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Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-61477704

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