Atrocities in Mexico: which were the entities with the most acts of extreme violence in 2022

During 2022, more than 10,000 victims of atrocities and violent acts were registered in Mexico (Photo: Jovani Pérez / Infobae México)

Rape, torture, massacres, as well as murders against women and journalists were some of the atrocities that more were registered during 2022 in Mexico, revealed a report prepared by the organization Cause in Common. According to the figures, the violent acts increased by 17 percent compared to 2021.

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Were six thousand 217 crimes those that were reported throughout the 32 states of the Republic, which can be classified as “atrocities” because they were committed with the intention of causing terror among the population, as well as “causing death, laceration or external mistreatment” to a certain number of people.

These acts of extreme violence left as a balance 10 thousand 799 victims. Torture was the type of atrocity that was perpetrated the most in 2022, with a total of 1,793 cases (according to records from journalistic sources). The mutilation of corpses (808), the murder of women with excessive cruelty (801), massacres (500) and the murder of children and adolescents (359) were the crimes that were most committed.

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These figures represented an increase compared to 2021, when 5,334 atrocities were recorded. Added to this is the high level of impunity that prevails in the country, because according to the executive director of the organization Zero ImpunityCatherine Kuhne Peimbert, only one in 10 homicides are solved and less than half of femicides.

Baja California was the state with the highest number of atrocities in 2022, while Coahuila registered the lowest number of cases (Graphic: Common Cause)
Baja California was the state with the highest number of atrocities in 2022, while Coahuila registered the lowest number of cases (Graphic: Common Cause)

Although these crimes were committed throughout the country, at least five states concentrated the largest number of atrocities. lower california was the entity in which the most violent acts were recorded in 2022, with a total of 605 cases, being the acts of torture the ones that were perpetrated the most (220). It is worth mentioning that the first murders against communication professionals were reported in this entity: the photographer Margarito Martínez and the journalist Lourdes Maldonado.

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In second place was Guanajuatowhere they were counted 547 atrocities and 763 victims. The majority was for torture, mutilation of corpses and massacres, was detailed in the report Horror Gallery: atrocities and high-impact events recorded in journalistic media.

In Michoacan were committed 438 acts of extreme violence, of which 51 were murders against women and 42 against girls, boys and adolescents. This entity was followed by Moreloswith 407 cases (137 for torture and 19 for burning), announced Common Cause.

In fifth place was the Mexico statewith 306 atrocities. In the demarcation governed by Alfredo del Mazo, massacres and attacks against the authorities were the acts that were most committed.

The murders of women with extreme violence was the third type of atrocity that was committed in 2022 (Photo: Cuartoscuro)
The murders of women with extreme violence was the third type of atrocity that was committed in 2022 (Photo: Cuartoscuro)

Conversely, the entities with the lowest number of atrocities were Coahuila (3. 4), Queretaro (41), aguascalientes (47), Baja California Sur (47) and campeche (52), according to what was recorded in more than five thousand journalistic notes.

Regarding the dates and periods, the months of May Y October were the more violent in 2022, when 648 and 607 cases of extreme cruelty were reported respectively. It should be noted that the figures of Causa en Común are not exhaustive, since there are a certain number of atrocities that were not recorded by the press and, due to this, were not included in the report.

In this regard, the president of said organization, Maria Elena Morera, indicated that a large part of these acts are not perpetrated by criminal organizations. In this sense, he urged to finance projects that allow “documenting, making visible and explaining” the violence that prevails in the country.


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