Public officials in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua have intimidated relatives of disappeared people and are pressuring them to allow government-chosen forensic experts to examine human remains found in the area. If carried out, these tests will make subsequent independent testing impossible. The authorities must guarantee the safety of victims and adequate protection of all forensic evidence.
- Calling on the authorities to safeguard all human remains which were found near Cuauhtémoc City in 2011 and 2014, and refrain from processing the evidence until a mutually agreed, independent group of experts is appointed;
- Urging the authorities to stop local officials from intimidating or pressuring relatives of disappeared or abducted people in Cuauhtémoc City;
- Calling for a full, prompt and thorough investigation into the hundreds of cases of enforced disappearances and abductions in the area in the last few years;
- Reminding the authorities of their obligation to respect the rights of all victims and the legitimate work of their human rights defenders.