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Human Rights Watch blasts Mexican government

Human Rights Watch blasts Mexican government

POSTED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 11:04am

A human rights organization Wednesday released a report that accuses members of Mexico's security forces of having participated in nearly 150 forced disappearances over a six year period.

The 176 page report from Human Rights Watch documents 249 disappearances, 149 of which were allegedly committed by members of Mexico's security forces from 2006 to 2012.

Many of those cases involve members of the security forces allegedly collaborating with known criminals to to kidnap people to extort payments from family members. That six-year span covers the term of former President Felipe Calderon. A statement from the group called Calderon's administration "disastrous" on human rights.

The report urges Mexico to take steps such as a national data base of disappeared and unidentified human remains and reforming the military's code of justice.

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