Senate approves creation of the National Center for Human Identification

The plenary session of the Chamber of Senators unanimously approved —118 votes in favor— the creation of the National Center for Human Identification as an administrative unit, with technical-scientific independence, attached to the National Search Commission, at the proposal of President Andrés Manuel López Workshop.

In accordance with the decree that reforms the General Law on the Matter of Forced Disappearance of Persons, Disappearance Committed by Private Parties and the National Search System for Persons, immediately forwarded to the Federal Executive for its enactment, to deal with the disappearance crisis of persons and the forensic backlog that exists in Mexico, it is necessary to establish the search for disappeared persons as a State priority.

The reforms and additions previously approved by the Chamber of Deputies and ratified without changes by the Senate, incorporate the complementary human identification approach, which combines small, moderate-scale, individualized or traditional forensic investigation with a comprehensive approach to forensic investigation of big scale; Both investigations will be complementary and if the circumstances so require they may be combined.

Non-party senator Emilio Álvarez Icaza affirmed from the rostrum: “What he touches is a State policy. This center is just a gesture; the truth, it embroiders in the simulation and that is not correct, on the contrary”.

For its part, the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Prodh Center) praised the creation of this national forensic center, indicating that it is a step in the face of the crisis the country is experiencing.

“It remains pending to allocate sufficient resources and for the prosecutors to act against the generalized impunity,” he said.

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