Reckless Investigation Into Mexico Disappearances Exposes Government Cover-Up
Amnesty International
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September 23, 2015

Tensions have been heating up in Mexico this week both in the streets and in congress, days ahead of the one year anniversary of the infamous disappearances of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. (teleSUR)

The Mexican authorities’ reckless handling of the investigation into the enforced disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teaching school in Iguala, Guerrero a year ago, exposes a scandalous cover-up orchestrated by the highest levels of government, said Amnesty International.

“The Ayotzinapa tragedy is one of the worst human rights tragedies in Mexico’s recent history. It has exposed how anyone can be forcibly disappeared into thin air in the country with those in power focused on covering up the traces. Unless President Peña Nieto takes real action now he will continue to be seen around the world as an enabler of horrors,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“The Mexican government’s unshakable determination to convince the world that the students were killed by a drug gang and their remains burned in a dumpster is distracting from any other valuable lines of investigation. In particular, they should look into the military and law enforcement agencies’ role in the tragedy after they failed to take action despite being aware of the abuses against the students as they were taking place.”

The 43 students from the Raúl Isidro Burgos Rural Teacher Training College (Escuela Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos, widely known simply as "Escuela Rural de Ayotzinapa”) were forcibly disappeared after they were arrested by municipal police while travelling to a demonstration in Mexico City on the night of September 26, 2014.

Since then, the remains of one of the students, 19-year-old Alexander Mora Venancio, has been identified, allegedly from remains found in a trash bag in a local river. Authorities have recently claimed that a bone that belongs to 20-year-old Jhosivani Guerrero de la Cruz, another Ayotzinapa student, was found in the same bag. However, experts from the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team said that the very specific DNA test run on the remains was inconclusive.

The Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have also refuted the Mexican government’s official account of events. In a report made public on September 6, they said it was scientifically impossible for that number of bodies to have been burned in a dumpster in the conditions claimed by the authorities.

Read the rest at Amnesty International

Related: Mexico: Ayotzinapa Student’s Enforced Disappearance – Timeline (Amnesty International)

Related: The Ayotzinapa Stories - One Year on (Amnesty International)

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