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  • The recent study on forced displacement revealed the lack of attention by the state towards the displaced.

    The recent study on forced displacement revealed the lack of attention by the state towards the displaced. | Photo: Reuters

Published 23 April 2019

“As I told senior government officials, you can not move towards the future without clarifying the shadows of the past,” Michelle Bachelet said.

The Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (Cmdpdh) and the National Population Council (NPC) published their joint report, Violence as a Cause of Forced Internal Displacement, which states that over 1.13 million people self-displaced between 2017 and 2018, afraid they would be victims of violent crime.

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Surveys conducted by the National Survey of Victimization and Perception of Public Safety found that 1,133,041 moved addresses within Mexico in order to protect themselves. In previous years the federal national survey showed this annual figure to vary between 915,000 and 1.5 million.

“We celebrate the study … on forced internal displacement and we call for the development of mechanisms to carry out a comprehensive diagnosis. The situation of the victims requires urgent attention,” The Cmdpdh tweeted.

In terms of violence, during the first three months of this year, 8,493 homicides were registered, a nearly 10 percent increase over the same last year. The study denounced the lack of government attention and revealed that the costs and impacts of the displacement have been assumed by the victims, individually or as a family.

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“The situation of victims of forced internal displacement in Mexico requires urgent attention, which is why it is necessary to mobilize resources to offer protection, humanitarian assistance and fulfill their other basic needs immediately,” Cmdpdh said in a statement.

The United Nations Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet visited the country five days this month, giving a speech on April 9, addressing matters of human rights concerns.

“I agree with ... the families and human rights organizations on the need for adequate procedures, which could include the creation of a truth commission, to guarantee the establishment of the truth for the victims and for society in general,” Bachelet said.

“As I told senior government officials, you can not move towards the future without clarifying the shadows of the past,” she added.

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