Friday, November 25th
The Hague, Netherlands
On Friday, November 25th at 3 pm (in The Netherlands) the team of human rights lawyers led by Netzaí Sandoval presented its case in The Hague concerning the commission of crimes against humanity and war crimes in Mexico. The file presented includes detailed information about at least 470 specific cases of violations of International Humanitarian Law by different federal security forces in Mexico, including cases of torture, extrajudicial killings, forced disappearances, kidnappings and enslavement of migrants who are then sold to drug cartels. The file consists of more than 700 pages of documents, in addition to the annexes which include numerous media reports and other supporting material.
Over the past five years, in Mexico there have been over 50,000 violent deaths (including at least 1,300 youth and children), 230,000 displaced people and at least 10,000 "disappeared" persons. This violence is not a normal outcome of the global economic downturn or of disputes between rival drug gangs, but indicates the existence of a humanitarian crisis. Indeed, the scale of the crisis is much larger than those in Congo, Sudan, Kenya or the Ivory Cost, all of which are presently under investigation by the ICC.
The petition is directed against the Mexican president and other top officials, as well as the leaders of Mexico's most important drug cartels, for refusing to follow the basic protocols that should rule armed conflicts and conducting a "systematic attack on the civilian population".
The online version of the petition now has the support of almost 20,000 signatures (available here: http://www.petitiononline.com/CPI/petition.html), as well as another 5,000 on paper. This petition is presented in accordance with article 15 of the Rome Statute which indicates that the prosecutor of the ICC may initiate investigations "proprio motu [on his own initiative] on the basis of information on crimes within the jurisdiction of the court".
The petition is publicly supported by the following leading lawyers, academics, activists and artists:
For additional information, please see: www.juicioacalderon.blogspot.com