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It was #FakeNews: 5 women were found alive, not dead, during the search for Debanhi

New Lion It has been facing a new wave of disappearances of women since the end of March. Several cases have resonated on social networks and the media, such as that of Maria Fernanda ContrerasDebanhi Susana Escobar and Yolanda Martinez.

During the searches for Debanhi Escobarit was reported that five women had been found dead in the state, whose source had been the Local Commission for the Search for the Disappeared of Nuevo León, as cited in the media.

Immediately, groups, activists, civil society organizations and even authorities such as the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) made pronouncements for the discovery of five supposedly lifeless women. Was it fake news, what have the authorities said?

This we know about the case.

During the 13 days that the search for Debanhi Escobar lasted, who was reported missing on April 9 and found dead on April 21, it was reported that five more women were located: Ireland Ramírez, 14 years old, who was found in the municipality of García; Ingrid Castillo, 15 years old, located in Escobedo; Brisa Porras, 16, and Jenifer Almaguer, 15, both located in Monterrey; and Irma Hernández, 19, in Ciudad Benito Juárez.

Feminist groups and families of the disappeared shared the information, which was also taken up by other institutions, including the Museum of Memory and Tolerance, on April 22, after the discovery of Debanhi.

Where did this figure come from? On Wednesday, April 20, Governor Samuel García reported in a press conference that from January 1 to April 17 of this year, 327 women have been reported missing.


Of that total, 294 were located and 33 were still missing. And of the total number of women located, 289 had been located alive, while five women had already died. However, the Nuevo Leon governor did not give detailed information about the victims, not even their name or the time they were located.

After confirming that Debanhi Escobar was found dead in the Nueva Castilla motel, on the afternoon of Friday, April 22, the Local Commission for the Search of Persons of Nuevo León reported that the bulletin about women found dead was false, since Jennifer, Brisa, Ireland, Ingrid and Irma were found alive on April 20.

Despite the clarification, some organizations and institutions such as the Museum of Memory and Tolerance have not taken down the erroneous information published on social networks. And this week the false information has continued to circulate.

On Monday, April 25, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) published the pronouncement DGDDH/024/2022, in which it mentions the femicide against Debanhi Escobar and states that in her search “Five other bodies of other young women, previously reported, were located.”

The Local Search Commission published a statement referring to the CNDH statement and pointed out that it was false information, for which it asked the national body to make a public rectification.

The CNDH issued a clarification and offered an apology “because of the confusion generated”, in addition to noting that he will verify the information much more carefully.

CNDH condemns femicides and disappearances

The National Human Rights Commission urged the Mexican government to immediately attend to gender violence, femicides and disappearances of women and girls in Mexico.

In his statement, he points out that the femicide of Debanhi Escobar shook consciences in the country not because it is an exceptional case but because violence and murders against women are repeated, they continue to occur.

It also considers that femicide is a complete problem that must be addressed with legal prosecution, preventive actions and timely action in the face of violence experienced by girls and women.

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