Mexico: Gutierrez calls for ‘thorough investigation’ into the deadly migrant center fire
According to local authorities, the fire at the Ciudad Juarez migrant center, which was purportedly administered by Mexico’s National Migration Institute, started during a demonstration over impending deportations on Monday night.
The institution housed 68 adult men in total, according to the Institute.
According to news sources, Venezuelans, Guatemalans, and other citizens of Central America are thought to make up the majority of the deaths.
At a live-streamed news conference, Mexico’s President Andres Manuel López Obrador revealed that local reports indicated that migrants had lit their mattresses on fire in protest of being sent home, without realizing the tragic results of their action.
An influx of migrants attempting to enter Mexico had been witnessed in the border city just across from El Paso, Texas.
Head of UN ‘very disturbed’
António Guterres was “deeply grieved” by the fatalities, according to UN Spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, who briefed reporters at the daily midday briefing in New York. He also expressed his wishes for the injured to recover quickly.
The Secretary-General was requesting “a thorough investigation into this tragic event,” the Spokesperson continued. “We all reiterate our commitment to work with the authorities of countries where mixed movements of people occur to establish safer, more regulated, and more organized migration routes,” she added.
exploitation by organized crime
When questioned further about what the UN might do to improve the conditions for desperate migrants at the US-Mexico border, Mr. Dujarric said that it was up to the signatories of the Global Compact for Migration, the UN, to uphold the obligations they had made.
“Criminal gangs are essentially orchestrating global migration at the moment, and the outcomes are awful as we witness them every day,”