Over 2000 buried in se­cret Mex­ico graves

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD -

MORE than 1 000 clan­des­tine graves have been dis­cov­ered in Mex­ico, with over 2 014 skulls found, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port by aca­demic and hu­man rights or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The re­port, ti­tled Vi­o­lence and ter­ror: Find­ings on clan­des­tine graves in Mex­ico, col­lected data from at­tor­ney-gen­er­als of­fices from sev­eral states, ac­cord­ing to au­thors Jorge Ruiz and Mon­ica Meltis, who have sub­mit­ted their re­search to the Ibero-Amer­i­can Uni­ver­sity.

Ruiz said only 12 state at­tor­ney-gen­eral of­fices had pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on the clan­des­tine graves found in their ter­ri­to­ries.

He also noted that the states with the high­est lev­els of vi­o­lence in the na­tion, such as Guer­rero, Jalisco and Chi­huahua, were among those that de­nied hav­ing in­for­ma­tion. The coun­try’s decades-long mil­i­tary-led crack­down on drug car­tels has re­sulted in hun­dreds of “dis­ap­peared” peo­ple.

In March, Ver­acruz At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Jorge Winck­ler Or­tiz ac­cused the Mex­i­can gov­ern­ment of know­ing about the mass grave of at least 242 bod­ies that were dis­cov­ered in his state ear­lier that month.

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