Students from Ayotzinapa during the eighteenth anniversary of Tlachinollan @SIPAZ
On 2 August, the World Organization against Torture (OMCT) expressed its profound concern regarding the possibility that the homicides of the two students from the Normal Rural School “Raúl Isidro Burgos” in Ayotzinapa, which occurred during a protest on 12 December 2011, remain in impunity. The organization calls on the competent authorities, particularly the State Attorney General’s Office (PGJE), to observe its obligation to investigate the crimes with due diligence, defending the interests of the victims within this ongoing penal process, and following the conclusions of the investigations carried out by the National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH) and set forth in the Recommendation 1 VG/2012. Specifically, the OMCT expressedits concern regarding the rulings in favor of those accused of the murder of the two students, Jorge Alexis Herrera Pino and Gabriel Echeverría de Jesús.
The OMCT was informed by the Tlachinollan Mountain Center for Human Rights regarding the ruling recently handed down in favor of the two municipal police associated with the PGJE who had been accused of the murders of the two students. Due to the resolution that has been given already, the judge should present another one that determines the juridical situation of the accused. The OMCT recalls that the CNDH, in its Recommendation, identified two ministerial police as those responsible for the deaths of the two students, basing itself in extensive supporting evidence.
For more information (in Spanish):
Declaración pública (OMCT, 2 de agosto de 2012)
OMCT pide que no quede impune caso Ayotzinapa (El Universal, 2 de agosto de 2012)
OMTC: El caso de los estudiantes de Ayotzinapa no debe quedar en la impunidad (Luna Sexta, 4 de agosto de 2012)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):