In Mexico, Majority of Violent Crimes Go Unpunished

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Despite a rise in extreme violence that has left 6,314 people injured or dead in the first seven months of 2021, the think tank México Evalúa found that 94.8 percent of the cases reported in Mexico go unpunished, reports NBC News. The Mexican nongovernmental organization Causa en Común said in its new report on Atrocities Registered in the Media that there have been at least 800 cases of torture this year, in addition to 640 incidents of dismemberment, mutilations and destruction of corpses, the discoveries of 502 clandestine graves, 418 massacres and 341 murders of women that were perpetrated with extreme cruelty.

The researchers warned that there is a relationship between the events and the presence of migrants in Mexico. Human Rights First, a Washington-based organization, has recorded 6,356 violent attacks against migrants who had been deported to Mexico since January — including rape, kidnapping, extortion, human trafficking and other attacks. The National Migration Institute has rescued 19,162 migrants who were victims of organized crime, many of them Central Americans. From Aug. 21 to Sept. 20, 2021, alone, the army rescued 63,614 migrants. National Defense Secretary Luis Cresencio Sandoval has said recently that the army has deployed 28,395 troops — among them 6,244 on the southern border and 7,419 on the northern border with the U.S.

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