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UN: 'Grave Concern' About Attacks on Migrants in Mexico

HUMAN SMUGGLING / 31 MAY 2011 BY JEN SOKATCH EN

The UN high commissioner for human rights warned that the situation of migrants passing through Mexico is a matter of "grave concern," following recent attacks against migrants making their way to the U.S.

Speaking at the opening in Geneva of the 17th Session of the Human Rights Council, High Commissioner Navi Pillay highlighted the number of cases of kidnapping and murders against migrants in Mexico. She said these were often linked to organized crime networks, reports El Universal.

The commissioner will travel to Mexico in June, where she will discuss the problem with government officials.

Pillay's comments come weeks after a group of migrants accused Mexican immigration officials of having handed them over to the Gulf Cartel, which held them hostage in houses close to the U.S. border.

See InSight's map of the most dangerous routes for migrants in Mexico.

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