Mexican human rights official says more should be done to find and ID missing people

By Murphy Woodhouse
Published: Friday, December 24, 2021 - 9:32pm
Updated: Friday, December 24, 2021 - 9:36pm

Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez, Subsecretaría de Derechos Humanos, Población y Migración
Gobierno de México
Alejandro Encinas Rodríguez

A top human rights official in Mexico says more needs to be done to find and identify the country’s thousands of missing people.

Alejandro Encinas, human rights sub-secretary, readily acknowledges what he described as a “forensic crisis”: the frequent inability of authorities to identify the remains of missing people and return them to family members.

At a recent press conference, he said some 52,000 bodies remain unidentified.

“Regarding searches, we need the states to take responsibility,” he said, adding that with some exceptions, state support for those efforts is just 10 percent of federal support. In Sonora and elsewhere across Mexico, it is groups of volunteers — many led by women — who do the lion’s share of searching.

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