Violence has left hundreds of thousands displaced in Mexico, UN says

Violence has left hundreds of thousands displaced in Mexico, UN says

Migrants walk on a road in southern Mexico. (Archives)

Crime, illegal mining and logging and local conflicts have left hundreds of thousands displaced in Mexico, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary said on Friday , UN Special Rapporteur.

The human rights expert explained that the Mexican federal government does not have statistics, but only secondary sources, such as non-governmental organizations, academics and local authorities , gave him estimates that there are between 350,000 and 400,000 internally displaced people in Mexico, a country of 126 million people.

Ms. Jimenez-Damary, presented to the press her conclusions at the end of a visit that began on August 29 during which she visited four Mexican districts.

Among the factors that have contributed to this phenomenon are different types of violence, often caused by organized crime, sometimes linked to development projects, illegal mining and logging, or electoral, religious and agrarian disputes, she said.

She estimated that among the thousands of people forced from their homes, indigenous people were the most affected.

According to Ms Jimenez-Damary, impunity and the failures of systems justice and security are also factors that have a significant impact on the displacement of people who, out of fear, prefer to leave their homes.

“In some regions of the country, organized crime frightens, controls territories and populations, through threats, intimidation […] investigations are rarely carried out, even on the most serious crimes such as homicides and the disappearances.

— Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, UN Special Rapporteur

The expert will present her final report to the Human Rights Council United Nations in June 2023.

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