Guerrero: CNDH confirms serious rights-violations against students of Ayotzinapa

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On 12 December of last year, lethal force used against a student protest carried out by students of the Rural Normal School “Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, killed two students and a gasoline-station worker.

In light of this situation, the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) released a preliminary report detailing the failures of the authorities involved in the acts.  In accordance with this public organism, the federal police, the Ministerial Investigative Police of the state, and the State Preventive Police are principally responsible for the death of the three persons, the injury of four by gunshot wounds, and the cruel treatment of fourteen others.  It concludes that “this group of persons who was protesting publicly carried no firearm whatsoever.”

The CNDH has documented grave violations to the constitutional rights of the students of the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa, among them two extrajudicial executions, the attempt to fabricate crimes, acts of police torture, inhumane and degrading treatment against the detained, and abuse of authority.  The preliminary report establishes that disproportionate force was used by the police against the social protest carried out by student youth, and that this led to the unnecessary use of lethal force against the students.

In light of this, the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights indicates that this preliminary report constitutes an official recognition of the historical truth of the events, and it calls on the CNDH to continue its investigations until it releases a final report that would recommend guarantees that the acts not be repeated.  In this sense, the Center stresses that these investigations set a new and convincing precedent that will reflect a broad participation on the part of the victims.  Finally, Tlachinollan demands that, given the gravity of the crimes, it is urgent to delineate political responsibility, as well as the attention to the structural causes that motivated the conflict.  Furthermore, it reports that, in coordination with the students of Ayotzinapa, it will continue to support actions so that these events do not go unpunished.

Aguirre Rivero, governor of Guerrero, has made it clear that he is open to dialogue with the students.  He expressed that he is interested in clarifying the events of 12 December.

For more information (in Spanish):

“El Gobernador me ordenó limpiar y la carretera está limpia” (Informe CDH Tlachinollan, 16 December 2012)

Alteran en Guerrero escena dice CNDH (Reforma, 6 January 2012)

Arbitrarias, las detenciones de normalistas, acusan ONG (Milenio, 9 January 2012)

Documenta CNDH tortura (El Universal, 9 January 2012)

Ayotzinapa 2012: entre el dolor y la esperanza (CDH Tlachinollan, 2 January 2012)

Se reunirán dibutados con estudiantes de Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 9 January 2012)

CONFIRMA CNDH GRAVES VIOLACIONES A DERECHOS HUMANOS EN CONTRA DE ESTUDIANTES DE LA NORMAL RURAL RAÚL ISIDRO BURGOS, DE AYOTZINAPA, GUERRERO (Boletin Informe CDH Tlachinollan, 9 January 2012)

Alumnos de Ayotzinapa se reunieron con diputados de la comisión especial (La Jornada, 10 January 2012)

Documenta laCNDH fabricación de culpables (Reforma 11 January 2012)

CNDH: graves violaciones cometidas contra estudiantes de Ayotzinapa (Centro ProDH, 9 January 2012)

INFORME PRELIMINAR SOBRE LA INVESTIGACIÓN POR VIOLACIONES GRAVES A LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS EN RELACIÓN A LOS HECHOS DEL 12 DE DICIEMBRE DE 2011 EN LA CIUDAD DE CHILPANCINGO, GUERRERO (CNDH)

Policías federales y de Guerrero dispararon contra los normalistas (La Jornada, 10 January 2012)

OSC exigen a la CNDH investigación puntual en el caso Ayotzinapa(Centro ProDH, 6 January 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Extrajudicial execution of students from the Rural Normal of Ayotzinapa (21 December 2011)

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