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United Nations implicates Mexican Marines in a wave of kidnappings and extrajudical murders in border city of Nuevo Laredo

June 4, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
United Nations implicates Mexican Marines in a wave of kidnappings and extrajudical murders in border city of Nuevo Laredo

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The United Nations cited evidence last week implicating the Mexican government in a recent wave of kidnappings and extrajudicial executions in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

In a statement released by Zeid Ra’ad Hussein, the U.N.’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, he called ending the “wave of disappearances” after documenting the abduction of 21 men and two women between February 1st and May 16th, The New York Times reports.

The Nuevo Laredo Human Rights Committee (CDHNL), a group that documents claims of human rights abuses against Mexican security forces, said a “federal force” consisting of Mexican Marines combatting the narco-war in the border city of Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, was responsible for numerous abductions and the extrajudicial killings of victims whose remains were later discovered in clandestine grave sites.

Additionally, the CDHNL said if reported cases from January were included, the total number of victims would top fifty in 2018 alone.

“It is horrific that at least five of the victims are minors, with three as young as 14. These crimes, perpetrated over four months in a municipality, are outrageous,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said in his statement.

Hussein failed to mention that Nuevo Laredo is an area experiencing a significant increase in drug-related violence as a result of a split within the brutal Los Zetas criminal organization, widely considered Mexico’s most brutal cartel.

A group based out of Nuevo Laredo known as the Cartel Del Noreste (CDN) have been locked in a violent turf war with a rival Zetas faction based in Ciudad Victoria called the Old School Zetas for control of the region’s drug trafficking and human smuggling corridors into the United States.

One of the victims discovered in a clandestine grave near Nuevo Laredo

According to Breitbart Texas, at least six mass graves were found since March in rural areas near the borders between Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.

The clandestine narco-graves are linked to the turf war in Nuevo Laredo since those territories are likely used by cartel gunmen to dispose of the bodies of their victims.

Earlier this year, an intelligence unit with the Mexican Navy utilized a “field operation” to apprehended Juan Gerardo “El Huevo” Treviño Chávez, a man presumed to be the leader of the CDN. Information points to the military unit kidnapping a teen and her friends.

Their bodies were later found in one of the clandestine grave sites, however, the remains of the girl have not yet been recovered. The girl would be a direct family member of one of the top leaders of the CDN.

The CDN’s violent response occurred in the early morning hours of March 25th, when the Mexican Marines came under fire during three separate attacks by cartel associates.

A naval commander was killed in the attack, and 12 others were injured.

The Mexican Navy attempted to deflect blame in the death of several members of a Nuevo Laredo family who were killed cutdown by an attack helicopter.

Following the attack, Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office indicated that the shots came from the Marines after the family’s car was mistaken for a cartel’s during the incident.

While federal officials who spoke with Breitbart Texas blame the wave of disappearances in Nuevo Laredo to cartel members using cloned military clothing, the UN report seems to contradict Mexican law enforcement agencies.

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