Mexico enacts law targeting disappearances

November 18, 2017

FILE - In this April 24, 2016 file photo, relatives of 43 missing students who have not been heard from since they were taken by local police in Sept. 2014 in the city of Iguala, Guerrero state, hold photos of their missing loved ones as they listen to an international experts group's report in Mexico City. Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto signed a new law Thursday, Nov. 17, 2017 aimed at addressing the country's staggering number of unsolved disappearances by creating a National Search System with local branches in the states. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte, File)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto has signed a new law aimed at addressing the country’s staggering number of unsolved disappearances.

Mexico has more than 30,000 missing people, many victims of the country’s drug violence or corrupt security forces. Advocates are hailing the law as a long-awaited start, but caution that the law’s implementation will be critical.

Roberto Campa is the Interior Department’s deputy secretary for human rights. He said Friday on Radio Formula that Mexico’s two earthquakes in September had tightened government finances, but there would be enough funding to launch the effort.

The law signed Thursday would create a National Search System with local branches in the states.

It would also create new special prosecutors to handle disappearances and provide more forensic resources to investigations.

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