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Mass grave uncovered in Mexico

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November 17, 2013

At least 25 bodies have been reported found in two clandestine graves,  illustrating Mexico’s enduring problems of people who go missing and the dead  who are never identified.

Nineteen bodies were removed from a mass grave on Jalisco state’s border with  Michoacan state, an especially troubled region where drug cartels are battling  one another, authorities and armed civilian vigilante groups. Six more bodies  were found in another clandestine burial pit near the tourist-destination city  of Acapulco, authorities said Friday.

The revelations come after a relative lull in the publicizing of such finds,  which were especially common in 2010-12. Thousands of Mexicans and Central  American migrants went missing during the six-year term of President Felipe  Calderon, which ended December 1, and during the first year in office of his  successor, President Enrique Pena Nieto.

Many of the missing eventually turn up in mass graves, victims of drug  traffickers, kidnappers, extortionists, smugglers, corrupt law enforcement  officers or rivals. Little has been done to identify the dead.

In Jalisco, where the 19 bodies, at least two of them female, had been  exhumed, officials told reporters that the digging continued.

Authorities were reportedly drawn to the site by information provided by 25  people arrested in Michoacan in connection with the disappearance of two federal  investigators.

In Acapulco, Guerrero state prosecutors said the decomposed bodies of five  men and a woman were found buried in a lime grove after officials received a  phone tip. The victims had been shot, and a burned car was found near the burial  site, prosecutors said.

Pena Nieto’s government has increasingly been thwarted in its efforts to  downplay reports of violence. Addressing the issue of 26,000 people reported  missing during his predecessor’s administration — a number that Calderon’s  government also sought to conceal — Pena Nieto nine months ago announced an  initiative to form a reliable database of the missing. In May, he announced the  creation of a task force to search for them.

But human rights groups say little action has followed the announcements.

New York-based Human Rights Watch, echoing complaints in Mexico, last week  urged the government to follow through on its promise to examine, purge and  verify a database of the missing, as a basis for a more organized, systematic  search.

“The Pena Nieto government took an important step toward acknowledging the  scale of the disappearance crisis when it released its provisional list of  disappeared and missing people,” Jose Miguel Vivanco, director of the group’s  Americas office, said in a statement. “Now the government needs to live up to  its promise to develop a reliable, comprehensive registry, accompanied by  serious investigations to search for the disappeared and bring those responsible  to justice.”

Many of the missing have been seized by the military or police, never to  reappear.

Los Angeles  Times

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