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  HOME | Mexico

Human Rights Official Kidnapped in Mexico

MEXICO CITY – A member of the western Mexican state of Jalisco’s human rights commission was kidnapped on Friday while driving through downtown Guadalajara, officials said.

The State Human Rights Commission of Jalisco (CEDHJ) said on Twitter that the man was abducted Friday morning.

“We’re urgently calling on municipal and state authorities to coordinate their efforts to locate him,” the commission said.

Without providing further details, the state Attorney General’s Office tweeted that it was investigating the kidnapping.

“Surveillance cameras in the area are being reviewed and search protocols have been launched to offer support to his family and the institution,” the AG’s office said.

Local media reported that the official, who worked for a unit of the rights commission that investigated disappearances and matters related to the state AG’s office, was intercepted by another vehicle while driving to the CEDHJ’s offices in Guadalajara, the state capital.

Two armed men forced him out of his automobile, according to witnesses, who said a gunshot was fired during the abduction.

The incident comes just three days after the head of the State Human Rights Commission of Baja California Sur, Silvestre de la Toba, was killed in an attack that also left his son dead and his wife and daughter wounded.

 

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