More than 6,000 children and teens are currently disappeared in Mexico, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights representative in Mexico, Jesus Peña, said Wednesday.
Peña added that of the total of thousands of people forcibly disappeared in Mexico between 2006 and 2014, some 30 percent have been children and adolescents.
Over 10,000 people have disappeared since President Enrique Peña Nieto took office in 2012. Since 2007, the number of people disappeared has increased about 585 percent.
Human rights experts have called on the Mexican Senate to give priority in upcoming discussions on disappearances to investigating forced disappearances of minors with respect to Mexico’s Law on the Rights of Children, Girls, and Adolescents.