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Drug War: 2,000 dead bodies discovered in clandestine narco graves in Mexico since 2009

June 30, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Drug War: 2,000 dead bodies discovered in clandestine narco graves in Mexico since 2009

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Over 1,000 clandestine narco graves and 2,014 corpses have been recovered across Mexico in less than ten years, a study tallying the human cost of the continuing drug war in Mexico revealed.

Scholars at the Ibero-American University in Mexico City and Tijuana collaborated with several organizations which include the Civil Datum, the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) and the Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH) on a publication called “Violence and Terror. Findings on Clandestine Graves in Mexico.”

The direction of CMDPDH, José Antonio Guevara, referred to the discovery of clandestine narco graves as a “phenomenon of alarming growth,” while university rector David Fernández Dávalos made connections between Mexico’s clandestine graves and those often seen in conflict-ridden areas.

Mexican Police discover a narco mass grave in the Gulf State of Veracruz Photo: Vanguardia/ Internet Outlet)

“These are people who have been violated in their rights, buried illegally, murdered in a series of illegal activities and violations of their rights, which are practices of countries in conflict, countries with failed security policies,” he stated.

The report collected data from 12 of Mexico’s 32 federal prosecution offices and utilized news reports to supplement missing information. It believed that 1,075 clandestine graves had been discovered in Mexico since 2009.

The report also indicated that 1,548 remains were found and approximated that over 30,000 people went missing during that period. Both studies reported that the highest concentration of graves were located in Guerrero State, where the popular tourist city of Acapulco is located.

Number of clandestine graves per state in Mexico

Mexico is experiencing a new increase in cartel-related violence after the apprehension of the notorious leader of the Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, created a power struggle in the country which led to all-out gang war over territory.

Eleven individuals, including a family of six, two women and three cops, were kills in three shootings on Saturday in Veracruz in a dispute between the Zetas and Jalisco Nueva Generacion, which are rival drug gangs. In May, Mexico reported a record-high murder rate for the second month.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is experiencing mounting criticism for his administration’s inability to combat the rising death rate.

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