Forced Disappearances

Forced disappearance

They took them away alive. We want them back alive.

What is Enforced Disappearance? 

Article 2 of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, defines enforced disappearance as:

“The arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the State or by persons or groups of persons acting with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the State, followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or by concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.”


Number of forced disappearances in Mexico 2007 - October, 2014

Disappearances by Zones - teleSUR infographic

Other Resources

Mexico in a State of Crisis
by Sister Arlene Woelfel, OSF
The following reflection is a brief commentary about the gravity of the situation in Mexico. Sister Arlene accompanies families of the disappeared and victims of torture at the Human Rights Center Paso del Norte in Juárez, Mexico.

Historical Background of Enforced Disappearance in Mexico
by María De Vecchi Gerli
Remarks presented at the panel: The Struggle for a Better Life: A Context for Understanding the Enforced Disappearance of Rural Students in Guerrero, MexicoUCL, Institute of the Americas, 15th October, 2014