AMLO Calls UN Enforced Disappearance Committee Liars

Photo: Human Rights Watch


Just one day after the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED) issued a report calling the surge in disappearances in Mexico “alarming” and noting that the impunity of the culprits is “almost absolute” thanks to corrupt public servants and spiraling organized crime, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Wednesday, April 13, called the committee “misinformed” and “distruthful.”

During his morning press conference, López Obador said that the CED — which sent a select team of researchers on an official visit to Mexico in November, the first of its kind to any nation —  “does not have all the information and is not acting in accordance with the truth.”

AMLO went on to say that his government is “acting legally and humanely” to deal with the swell of forced disappearances nationwide, which, according to the United Nations, total more than 95,000 victims, 25,000 of having occurred during AMLO’s first three years in power.

“What can they do (to prove their claims)?” AMLO asked rhetorically. “Nothing. So they invent.”

López Obrador then said that “no international organization is going to put us on the hot seat of the accused if we are acting legally, with humanism.”

He claimed that his administration “does not allow corruption or impunity,” which he alleged was the case during the six-year term of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón (2006-2012), who he said used the Army to repress and kill people.

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