TEQUESQUITENGO, Morelos — The British world-renowned recording artist, singer, songwriter and rockstar Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, better known as “Sting,” urged the Mexican government to “vigorously” investigate the disappearances of thousands of people in the nation over the past few years.
The former singer of the Police, who played a concert on Saturday October 10th in the central state of Morelos, met with members of several families to support a campaign by Amnesty International (AI) against disappearances in Mexico.
“I met with some of the families, but they are just the tip of the iceberg,” Sting said in a statement released by AI Mexico, adding, “I call on the Mexican government to follow up on these cases far more vigorously, to find and prosecute those responsible and to prevent through legislation this scourge of disappearances and human rights abuses.”
The singer continued, “It is not hard to imagine the anguish and torment that families undergo when a loved one disappears, vanishes without trace or explanation, when attempts to find them or discover their fate are frustrated by the apparent indifference of the authorities to a situation that has become an epidemic in Mexico.”
Meanwhile, AI Americas director Erika Guevara Rosas said that the disappearances “are not a tragedy of the past in Latin America,” adding that the number of people who have gone missing in Mexico since late 2006 stands at almost 27,000.
“Every person here is a potential target, and the authorities are doing little or nothing to find them and punish those responsible,” she said.
The AI official thanked Sting for lending his support to the “efforts to find justice for thousands of families, just as was done in the past in Argentina and Chile.”
“Together, we know we’ll be able to make a big difference,” she added.
On Saturday, during his performance in the city of Tequesquitengo, Sting dedicated the number “Fields of Gold” to all the missing people in Mexico.