Investigation urged into fate of migrants abducted in Mexico

Authorities in Mexico are being urged to investigate the kidnapping of some 40 migrants who have been missing for nearly a month.

40 Migrants workers missing

40 Migrants workers missing

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says the migrants mostly from El Salvador and Guatemala were abducted in highly questionable circumstances while travelling on a freight train in the state of Oaxaca in southern Mexico.

She says efforts to trace the abducted migrants have so far been fruitless and human rights activists working on the case have received multiple death threats.

Rupert Colville is the spokesperson for the office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“The High Commissioner is urging the Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough and transparent investigation of the alleged ill-treatment and abuse of the migrants by the Federal Police and the National Institute of Migration staff who conducted the original joint operation. The Mexican authorities need to ascertain whether or not any state officials, including those working for the state-owned train operator, were complicit with the criminal organization that carried out the abductions and extortion, both in this and other cases.”

The High Commissioner has also expressed concern over the deteriorating human rights of migrants in Mexico, noting that thousands of transiting migrants have been kidnapped over the past two years, mostly for the purpose of extortion.

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