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Activists veil three bodies in front of the Ministry of the Interior of Mexico

Mexico, March 31 (EFE) .- The bodies of three disappeared in the state of Guerrero, southern Mexico, will be veiled on Wednesday night and early Thursday in front of the headquarters of the Mexican Ministry of the Interior (Interior), as a measure of pressure so that the authorities promptly resolve the problem of the delivery of bodies, said an NGO.

In addition, they also accused the lack of resources after the closing of a trust for relatives of victims of disappearance.

“The bodies were identified in June 2019 and we recovered them in September 2020 and until this day they were handed over to their relatives,” Margarita López, a human rights defender, told Efe.

The woman, who is a member of the organization Searching for Bodies and mother of Yahaira Guadalupe Bahena López, disappeared on April 13, 2011 and murdered in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, said that the authorities closed the trust funds.

“We have searched for bodies with our own resources and they took away the support for the searches, we recovered them from clandestine graves so that they (the authorities) would disappear them for the second time in mass graves,” he added.

According to the woman, after the bodies were found, they remained in the expert services of the Attorney General’s Office and were not handed over to their relatives until this Wednesday.

He recalled that since the beginning of February, the organization and the families decided to watch the bodies in the middle of the street every Wednesday so that their demands are met.

He said that the current Mexican government is not interested in helping either the victims or the relatives and pointed out that in practically all cases the families have covered funeral expenses.

The activist pointed out that the bodies will remain in the street, in vigil, until the early hours of Thursday and then transfer them to the state of Guerrero, expenses that the defunct trust should cover.

In the middle of last year, the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims (CEAV) reported that the austerity decree announced by the federal Executive, which cuts its current spending by 75%, would halt its essential activities and paralyze its operation.

The Commission considered that serving the victims of the State and guaranteeing their rights is the only way to restore the social fabric and build peace.

The CEAV is the operational body of the National Victim Assistance System and is a specialized agency to provide care to people who suffer crimes or are victims of human rights violations.

At the beginning of the year, the Mexican government reported that between 2006 and January 2021 more than 82,000 people have disappeared in Mexico and cases continue to be added.

In addition, he detailed that in the period from 2006 to December 2020 there have been 80,517 complaints of missing persons or not located in the country.

(c) EFE Agency

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