This blog originally appeared on the Frontline Defenders Blog.
"The only thing we are asking is that the authorities act: results, nothing more. Until we find Héctor we won´t stop working. To a certain point we thought things would get better when the new President came in, and well, it´s been the opposite: it´s getting worse all the time. We still don´t know where they are. Everything has just been meetings upon meetings. But well, there are no results, and there is no commitment" Brenda Ivonne Rangel Ordiz, sister of Héctor Rangel Ordiz, disappeared 10/11/09, Coahuila.
In December 2012, Enrique Peña Nieto became President of Mexico on the back of a report by the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) which, as with reports by Human Alma Garcia of the Fray Juan de Larios Diocesan Center for Human RightsRights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) published months later, proved what victims' families and human rights organisations had long since denounced: in Mexico 'enforced disappearances have occurred in the past and continue occurring in the present'.
The WGEID report confirmed that 'not all disappeared persons were abducted by independent organised criminal groups; the State is also involved in enforced disappearances in Mexico'. Reliable information, they said, proved the existence of 'forced disappearances carried out by public authorities, criminal groups or individuals with direct or indirect support from public officials'.