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Viatorians Support Calls for Justice in Mexico

October 3, 2016

Relatives carry photos of some of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college during a protest to mark the eleven-month anniversary of their disappearance in Mexico CityIt has been two years since the enforced disappearance of the 43 students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college occurred in September, 2014 in Mexico.

On the 2nd anniversary of these egregious attacks and enforced disappearances of the Ayotzinapa students, the Latin American Working Group stands with their families and thousands more across Mexico that are fighting for justice. We make the following demands:lawg-logo

  • U.S. government should support and monitor the immediate implementation of the IACHR supported follow-up mechanism and ensure that justice is brought to the families of the students;
  • Mexican government should redouble its search for the students including by following up on leads obtained through laser scanning technology, or LIDAR;
  • Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office should investigate and prosecute
  • Tomás Zerón and other individuals including federal, state, and municipal police responsible for obstruction of justice, enforced disappearance, and other human rights violations against the students; and
  • Mexican government should pass a well-funded Disappearance Law that incorporates the demands of the families of the disappeared, including a national search mechanism and a means for families to participate in the monitoring of the law.

The delays, inconsistencies, and backsliding in the Ayotzinapa case reflect Mexico’s broader lack of progress on addressing human rights violations in the country and Viatorians believe they should not be tolerated.