More than 6,000 children and teens are currently disappeared in Mexico, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights representative in Mexico, Jesus Peña, said Wednesday.
Peña added that of the total of thousands of people forcibly disappeared in Mexico between 2006 and 2014, some 30 percent have been children and adolescents.
“30 percent of disappearances in Mexico since 2006 are children and adolescents: U.N.”
Over 10,000 people have disappeared since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in 2012. Since 2007, the number of people disappeared has increased about 585 percent.
Human rights experts have called on the Mexican Senate to give priority in upcoming discussions on disappearances to investigating forced disappearances of minors with respect to Mexico’s Law on the Rights of Children, Girls, and Adolescents.
After a visit to Mexico last October, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein reported that Mexico is plagued by insecurity, disappearances, and human rights abuses.
“But many enforced disappearances, acts of torture and extrajudicial killings are alleged to have been carried out by federal, state and municipal authorities, including the police and some segments of the army, either acting in their own interests or in collusion with organized criminal groups,” Hussein stated about the human rights situation in Mexico.
The U.N. Committee of the Rights of Children has also expressed grave concern over the violation of children’s rights through forced disappearances and other abuses in Mexico.
There have been more than 26,000 cases of forced disappearances in Mexico the past eight years.