Geneva - "Let us stand for a minute of silence," Emmanuel Decaux, chairperson of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED), told those gathered on February 2 in this Swiss city to discuss the grave problem of involuntary disappearances in Mexico.
A high-level government delegation and a sizeable civil society contingent traveled from Mexico to attend the two-day event. Several family members of missing young Mexicans were also at the hearing, including parents of students abducted by local police in Iguala last September. The disappearance of the 43 students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa thrust Mexico into the international spotlight.
"We have been searching for our children, but we cannot find them," Bernabé Abraján Gaspar, whose son Adán was one of the 43 students, said. "We have demanded of our government that they help us."