New York

17 May 2022

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General – on disappearances in Mexico

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General

The Secretary-General expresses his deep sadness for the more than one hundred thousand people officially recognized as disappeared in Mexico. He conveys his profound solidarity to the families of the victims who yearn to reunite with their loved ones, search for them tirelessly, and continue to fight for truth, justice, and guarantees that this will never happen again. 
The Secretary-General welcomes the positive measures undertaken by the Mexican Government to guarantee the rights of the victims of disappearances and encourages Mexican authorities to continue to accelerate progress. He also welcomes that some of these measures are being implemented with the support of the United Nations, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED). 
The United Nations renews its commitment to accompany Mexico in its efforts to prevent and combat this serious violation of human rights, which causes extraordinary suffering to the victims and their families and harms society as a whole.