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Mexican National Commission on Human Rights: Special Report on Immigrant Kidnapping in Mexico

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 25 FEB 2011 BY INSIGHT CRIME EN

A report by Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights (Comision Nacional de Derechos Humanos –CNDH) points to an increase in immigrant kidnapping in the country. At least 11,333 immigrants were abducted in 2010 while journeying to the U.S. The Mexican states that pose the greatest threat include Veracruz, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosí , Chiapas, Coahuila, Estado de México, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Michoacán, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Querétaro, Sonora, Tamaulipas and Baja California, according to the report.

Excerpt from the report:

"The highly vulnerable situation which migrants face is extreme, especially in regards to kidnapping cases where their personal dignity and the inherent rights are violated. Not only does this affect victims, but their families and communities as well. This is a felony that directly threatens the right to public security. Furthermore, it violates other human rights that migrants have, including the right to freedom, legality, judicial security, integrity, personal safety, and, in some cases, the right to life.

This object of this report is to warn of the current dimensions of migrant kidnappings and assess the actions taken to combat it. Likewise, it looks to inform the proper authorities on the urgency of this matter and propose preventative actions, including how to best attend to the victims."

Original in Spanish:

La situación de vulnerabilidad en la que se encuentran los migrantes es extrema, sobre todo, ante casos de secuestro en los que se viola su dignidad personal y los derechos inherentes a ésta. El hecho afecta no sólo a las víctimas, sino también a sus familias y comunidades. Se trata de un delito que atenta directamente contra el derecho a la seguridad pública. Vulnera, además, los derechos humanos de los migrantes a la libertad, a la legalidad, a la seguridad jurídica, a la integridad, a la seguridad personal y, en algunos casos incluso, el derecho a la vida.

Con el presente Informe se busca advertir sobre la dimensión actual del secuestro de migrantes y evaluar las acciones implementadas para su atención y combate. Asimismo, sensibilizar a las autoridades competentes  Informe Especial sobre secuestro  de migrantes en México sobre la urgencia de atender este delito y se proponen acciones para su prevención, así como para la atención integral a las víctimas.

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