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Mexico: State of Guerrero: Legal concern/"Disappearance"/Impunity

, Index number: AMR 41/025/2004

The governing Congress in the state of Guerrero is considering a bill that would criminalize "forced disappearance" (when someone is clandestinely deprived of their liberty by the authorities or their agents, with the authorization, support or acquiescence of the state) to bring the state legislation into line with international human rights standards. The bill may fail because it is not supported by the congressional Justice Commission, which must give its approval before the bill can be put to a vote in the Congress. Amnesty International believes that appeals from the international community would show Congress members that there is widespread international support for such legislation.

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