Mexico News Daily, Jan.14, 2013
Subject: Mexico News DAILY January 14, 2013 |
Osorio Chong makes a promise
Development: On 13 January Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong met relatives of those ‘disappeared’ during the ‘war’ on organised crime launched by the former president Felipe Calderón (2006-2012) and promised to renew investigation efforts at a national level to find their missing relatives.
Significance: President Enrique Peña Nieto has re-structured the federal government as part of his new security policy, key to which was putting the interior ministry (Segob) back in charge of national security. While Osorio Chong’s meeting yesterday was intended to signal that the new administration is sensitive to the demands of these families, the danger is that the public will increasingly expect immediate results.
• Osorio Chong said he would "explore the possibility" of setting up a new specialised investigations unit to deal with disappearances, in response to a request by civil society groups. He added that Segob would seek to contact all the relevant state level authorities to help move along any open investigations.
• According to the Movimiento por la Paz con Justicia y Dignidad (MPJD), the number of disappeared due to the violence in Mexico stands at 20,000, while estimates from the local media using available official data put the figure at 14,300.
• In a poll by BCG-Excélsior conducted after Peña Nieto’s 7 January New Year’s address, in which he pledged a “significant decrease” in insecurity, 52% of respondents said the president should be given time to achieve this objective; while 45% expected immediate results.
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