Saturday, November 1, 2014

México: IACHR Requests Federal Government Escalate Efforts to Find 43 Missing Students

According to EFE, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has asked the Mexican government to make greater effort in finding 43 university students who disappeared in the southern town of Iguala after an altercation with police.

The Commission also said on Thursday (October 30) that it would evaluate a proposal for creating a technical assistance group to help in the search efforts.

Each of the five hearings on México at the IACHR made references to the disappearance of the students last month, and the section reserved for the applicant organizations at the hearings reflected a placard that read, “They were taken alive. We want them back alive.”

“The Mexican State will not rest until it finds out what happened, punishes those responsible for it and attends to all the victims,” the Mexican Interior Ministry’s Undersecretary for Legal Affairs and Human Rights Lia Limón said.

“No one is denying the gravity of what took place...but a few years back you would not have expected such strong measures from the government and society,” Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights of the Secretariat for External Relations of México, Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, told EFE in an interview.

COMMENT: Let’s be honest. Now a month after the 43 students were reported missing, in a country notoriously known for citizens disappearing in large numbers under nefarious circumstances, by invariably corrupt cops that are rarely punished, in one of the most lawless and dangerous states [Guerrero], the likelihood of the students ever being found alive, is highly remote.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/30/mexico-missing-students_n_6069706

If there is any doubt in anyone’s mind, despite formidable and exhaustive efforts, where is the fugitive mayor of Iguala and his complicit wife? Where are the cartel members that were privy to what happened to the students?

These guarantees did not prevent the IACHR from pointing out the lack of advancement so far in catering to the anxiety of the families of the missing students.

The Commission had earlier this month issued precautionary measures to México urging efficient and urgent efforts in searching for the students.

“The question is how many students have appeared? Actions have been taken, but it is more important to note that the parents expect to find their missing children alive,” IACHR Executive Secretary Emilio Alvárez Icaza said.

Representatives of organizations that are helping the families of the missing privately met Mexican officials and IACHR members in Washington, seeking an agreement for the creation of a group of experts to help in finding the whereabouts of the missing students.

Icaza explained that this group would provide technical help in improving the search efforts, and explained that the Commission would study the proposal after put forward by both parties.

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