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Mexico: Expert report on Ayotzinapa disappearances highlights government’s incompetence

September 7, 2015

A new report by a group of experts from the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights on the investigation of the disappearance of 43 students in Guerrero, Mexico, uncovers the authorities’ utter incompetence and lack of will to find the students and bring those responsible to justice, said Amnesty International.

“The revelation by the group of experts of the inconsistencies in the official theory that the students were incinerated in a dumpster highlights the need to urgently redirect investigations,” said Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International.

“Mexico is going through one of the worst human rights crisis of the last decades. The catalogue of failures in the search and investigation over the disappearance of the 43 students that the experts have reported is a massive stain on the Mexican government’s reputation, which they can only begin to reverse if they find those responsible.”

“The Mexican government must stop finding excuses to cover its shameful lack of action. What we need to see now is real political will to properly redirect the search and investigations and, this way, answer the relative’s urgent claims for justice.”

“It is imperative that the Mexican government implements, without delay, all the recommendations made by the group of experts and brings to justice those responsible for the failures in the investigations.”