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REDIM: Mexico Gov't is Passive in the Face of the Increase in Violent Deaths of Its Youth

Elizabeth Velasco C. - La Jornada
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March 28, 2013

The executive director of the Network for the Rights of Children in Mexico (REDIM), Juan Martin Pérez García, criticized the federal government for still not taking steps to avoid the "alarming" number of murders, suicides and other violence against minors. The mortality rate in this sector of the population (children and adolescents) has risen more than 250 percent.

... Garcia Perez demanded that the Secretariat of Government Relations, through the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED), carry out a national diagnosis of the violence against minors. He recalled that last January the Chamber of Deputies made such request to the Secretariat, but to date there has been no response.

... The diagnosis, he said, is of vital importance in order to have official information for public programs in the field and provide the materials for creation of a national program to prevent and address violence against children.

So far, the database of the National Health Information (SINAIS) for 2011 shows that in that year there were:
721 suicide deaths in the population aged 10 to 17 years (249 in 10 to 14 years);
1,302 deaths from homicide (235 in the population of 10 to 14 years); and
at least six in ten homicide deaths were caused by firearms.

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