We have strongly agreed with youth and families that this is a crime of the state. That has profound implications for Mexico, the citizenry and international relations. With the experts report confirming this, now is the time to stand with the parents and demand accountability. We urge you to read and view the materials here and take action.
Just a few days before the anniversary of the attack at Iguala, the America’s Program had the opportunity to interview Carlos Beristain, one of the independent experts that participated in the investigation.
To talk about the crisis of human rights in Guerrero, I talked with Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer with the Center for Human Rights of the Mountain “Tlachinollan,” in Tlapa de Comonfort, Guerrero, and legal representative for the families of the disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa Teaching College.
Why was the government in such a hurry to close the case by shunting the blame off to organized crime? Why insist on a “historic truth” that was not only untrue, but also demonstrably lacking in coherency and common sense?
Despite recurrent pronouncements of death by some U.S. and Mexican officials, high-profile organized crime groups continue operating and shedding blood south of the border. Tijuana, where control of both the local and export drug business is the prize of contention, figures once again as a significant flashpoint of violence.
The report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) charged with investigating the assassinations of six people and the forced disappearance of 43 students of the Raul Isidro Burgos Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa concludes that the version of events presented by the Mexican government is false.
On the official front, a flurry of activity surrounding Nohemi’s death has unfolded in several nations.
The victims of this extraterritorial policy are Central American migrants who cross every day, seeking to save their lives and their families from the violence and hunger plaguing their countries.
On the first anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students at the hands of armed groups in Mexico, there is a phrase that the affected populations shout: “¡Somos un chingo!” (“We are many!”) More and more people are losing their fear after facing so much injustice and repression on the part of corrupt functionaries.
Once a refuge, Mexico City has become a hunting ground where journalists end up reporting on the assassinations of their colleagues — and wondering who will be next.