Unanimously, the joint Commissions of Human Rights and Justice of the Chamber of Deputies approved the opinion that creates the National Center for Human Identification.

The reforms to the General Law on Forced Disappearance of Persons, proposed by the President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador they establish that the National Center for Human Identification would be attached to the National Commission for the Search of Persons; it would be an administrative unit, with technical-scientific independence.

While its objective would be to provide an effective response to the number of human bodies and their unidentified remains with a perspective of long-standing search and identification.

The opinion that contemplates modifications to the initiative presented by the Federal Executive, was endorsed by the Justice Commission, with 26 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions, and by the Human rights commissionwith 28 votes in favor, zero against and zero abstentions.

Among the changes to the opinion are those presented by the president of the Human Rights Commission, deputy Nelly Minerva Carrasco Godínez (Morena), who stated that due to the request of the Collective of Victims of Forced Disappearance, seeks to define the complementary human identification approach as the forensic system that combines small-, moderate-scale, individualized or traditional forensic investigation, with a comprehensive approach to large-scale forensic investigation; Both complement each other and if the circumstances require it, they can be combined.

Also, include the individualized or traditional approach, as well as specify the functions of the National Search Commissionlocation in life and forensics.

During the discussion, deputy Elizabeth Pérez Valdez (PRD) mentioned that a problem in the country must be recognized and that it is aggravated when these disappeared persons belong to vulnerable groups.

“We are right to legislate and request a sufficient and necessary budget so that this and all the efforts to search for and identify people bear fruit. We cannot allow that the fact of looking for people can be used to obtain personal data of citizenshow are the biometric data”, he said.

While the deputy Andrea Chávez Treviño (Morena) recalled that according to official data there are around 50,000 bodies in the various mass graves of the prosecutor’s offices and “we have not been able to identify them, the families continue without knowing the whereabouts of their loved ones because they do not we count on this tool”.

For him PRI, Deputy Sue Ellen Bernal Bolnik specified that beyond political ideology, there are issues that unify and are shared. She added that it is important to understand in Mexico that the problem of the disappeared does not belong to others, but to everyone, because no one is exempt from going through this circumstance. “We join the opinion, because the forensic crisis we have due to forced disappearances is very large. The commitment we must make is budget; resources are required for it to function.”

Deputy Paulina Rubio Fernandez (BREAD) mentioned that there is nothing to celebrate or applaud, “because the mere fact that we have to create a Center speaks of the size of the problem that Mexico is experiencing; what we are doing is fulfilling an obligation that the groups have been carrying out, through their own resources; we are only attending to the last link of the problem, the applause will be when the root cause of the disappearances is addressed”.


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