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Mexico: Children Among Thousands Disappeared

    Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 13:31

    Poster produced by the family of Brandon Esteban Acosta Herrera © Amnesty International Eight year old Brandon Esteban Acosta was travelling in a car with his father and two uncles outside the Mexican city of Saltillo when armed men abducted them on 29 August 2009. More than three years later, Brandon’s mother Lourdes still has no answers about where they were taken, who committed this crime and whether her loved ones are still alive. It is a nightmare without end.

    Lourdes is not the only one in this agonizing limbo. Families have reported more than 26,000 people missing or disappeared in Mexico between 2006 and 2012.

    Mexican authorities have a duty to investigate these crimes, whether they are abductions committed by criminal gangs acting alone or enforced disappearances in which public officials have colluded or participated. Mexican authorities are failing in this duty, perpetuating a climate of impunity which puts further people at risk of being disappeared.


    Please write letters to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, demanding effective action without delay to confront the nightmare of disappearances in Mexico. Include the following points:

    • Express concern about the disappearance of eight year old Brandon Esteban Acosta and thousands of other Mexicans in the past six years.
    • Express disappointment that federal and state authorities have systematically failed to locate the vast majority of victims, carry out prompt and full investigations, or prevent further enforced disappearances.
    • Call on the President to meet with relatives and human rights groups without delay to agree on a detailed action plan to prevent, investigate and punish disappearances.
    • Further call for other government officials to give their full support to the action plan.

    Write to:

    President Enrique Peña Nieto
    Residencia Oficial de los Pinos, Casa Miguel Alemán, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec C.P. 11850, Distrito Federal MEXICO
    FAX: 011 52 55 5093 5321

    Salutation: Dear Mr. President

    Copy your letters to: 

    The Honourable John Baird
    Minister for Foreign Affairs
    House of Commons
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0A6
    FAX: 613-996-9880