20 January 2014: The political will of the Mexican authorities is essential for achieving further progress in addressing the issue of disappearances in the country and in the state of Nuevo Leon, Director General of the International Commission on Missing Persons Kathryne Bomberger said during her visit to Mexico.
During her stay in Mexico Bomberger had a private meeting with the Attorney General of the State of Nuevo León, Adrian de la Garza, and Sister Consuelo Morales, director of Citizens in Support for Human Rights” CADHAC, during which they discussed how ICMP could collaborate with the authorities of Nuevo León, as well as with Mexican civil society organizations on the issue of disappearances.
“ICMP would like to share its experiences of the last 18 years in accounting for the missing from conflict, human rights abuses and other causes, which would be beneficial to assisting Nuevo Leon authorities,” Bomberger said.
Bomberger went on a three-day visit to Mexico to discuss with local partners the complexities of the issue of missing persons in Mexico and, in turn, Nuevo León Attorney Office is now analyzing how ICMP’s experience can better serve the state of Nuevo León.
Bomberger said that better information sharing between authorities is needed and that it is vital to have sophisticated databases to facilitate transparency and data maintenance.
As a first step of ICMP’s assistance Bomberger proposed that a small technical team from ICMP visits and takes stock of the current situation in Nuevo Leon so a more complete cooperation proposal can be developed.
It is critical to empower the families of victims of disappearances so they can contribute to the resolving of this issue and to the work currently undertaken by the authorities.
“Nuevo Leon has very good civil society organizations, such as CADHAC, that assist the families and provide them with a timely follow-up with the authorities on their cases,” said Bomberger.
In addition to her meeting with the Attorney General, the ICMP Director General met with members of civil organizations dedicated to the issue of missing persons from different states of Mexico to share ICMP’s experiences. She also gave a lecture at the Graduate School of Public Administration and Public Policy (EGAP) to government officials, academics, families of missing persons and the general public interested in the issue of disappearances.
Bomberger also met with the group of missing persons’ relatives in CADHAC where she shared her experiences working in locating and identifying missing persons.
As part of its global mandate, ICMP works with civil society organizations, encourages public involvement in its activities, and contributes to the development of appropriate expressions of commemoration and tribute to the missing.