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INAI says attorney general must report homicide figures related to criminal groups

Mexico City, Mexico — The National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection (INAI) says the Attorney General’s Office must begin reporting the number of homicides for alleged rivalry between criminal groups.

INAI officials say the information will help strengthen decision-making strategies for the benefit of public interest as well as achieve greater effectiveness of strategies to improve security conditions.

The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) must publicize the database on homicides for alleged rivalry between criminal groups linked to drug trafficking, disaggregated by municipalities, between 2006 and October 2019, the National Institute of Transparency has instructed.

In presenting the matter to the Pleno, Commissioner Blanca Lilia Ibarra Cadena said that giving access to the information will allow society to provide control mechanisms to assess whether the strategies adopted by the federal government, state and municipal governments were designed from elements that allow the best fix methods to combat violence and recover security.

“The precise and concrete delivery of the databases that contain the registry of the homicides attributed to drug trafficking, disaggregated at the municipal level, promotes the institutional responsibility of generating timely and quality information that contributes to strengthening decision-making for the benefit of public interest as well as achieving greater effectiveness of strategies to improve security conditions throughout the entire national territory,” she emphasized.

“According to INEGI estimates, between 2006 and 2019, there were 289,223 deaths due to homicide. In addition, in the first half of 2019, 17,198 homicides were counted in the country, that is a ratio of 14 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants nationwide,” said the INAI Commissioner.

In response to a request for information, the FGE delivered the number of previous investigations and investigation files initiated for the crime of homicide without identifying which of them are related to drug trafficking.

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