National/International: PGR opens investigation into Emilio Alvarez Icaza, IACHR Executive Secretary

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Emilio Alvarez Icaza, Executive Secretary of CIDH (@oas.org)

In a statement on March 29, the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights denounced “a smear campaign in Mexico” against its Executive Secretary, Emilio Alvarez Icaza (Mexican) and against the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE). The Organization of American States (OAS) rejected “in the strongest manner” the preliminary investigation of Alvarez Icaza for the alleged offense of fraud to the detriment of the Mexican State regarding the work of the IGIE. It further said that the preliminary investigation “was rash and groundless” and that it backed the work of its Executive Secretary, “who at all times acted in accordance with the decisions and instructions of the members of the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights.”

It is worth remembering that in 2014, the IACHR signed an assistance convention with the Mexican Government and with representatives of the 43 student teachers from the training college at Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, who were victims of forced disappearance. This led to the formation of the IGIE, whose aim was to investigate what happened to the student teachers at Iguala, Guerrero, on September 26, 2014. The report of the investigation and the first conclusions of the IGIE, presented in September 2015, pointed out “irregularities, inconsistencies, and/or gaps in the investigation of the facts.” Since that moment, human rights organizations have pointed to the existence of a media and political campaign to diminish the legitimacy and recognition that the work of the IGIE has achieved.

For his part, Alvarez Icaza confirmed on social media that “the preliminary investigation against me has a chilling effect on human rights defenders and if it persists, it is an regression to authoritarian Mexico” and that “it is unprecedented that on the one hand the Mexican State works with the IGIE and on the other hand initiates a preliminary investigation for supposed fraud.”

For more information in Spanish:

Inicia PGR averiguación contra Emilio Álvarez Icaza, secretario ejecutivo de la CIDH por fraude (MVS Noticias, 23 de marzo de 2016)

CIDH rechaza categóricamente campaña de desprestigio en México contra el GIEI y el Secretario Ejecutivo (Comunicado de prensa, CIDH, 29 de marzo de 2016)

La CIDH acusa a la PGR de abrir una investigación “infundada” contra Emilio Álvarez Icaza (Sin Embargo, 29 de marzo de 2016)

Averiguación contra mí es un regreso al México autoritario: Álvarez Icaza (Animal Político, 30 de marzo de 2016)

 For more information from SIPAZ :

Guerrero: ONG y expertos en derechos humanos respaldan labor del GIEI en caso Ayotzinapa (25 de enero de 2016)

Nacional: CIDH culminó visita “in loco” en México y presentó primeras conclusiones (8 de octubre de 2015)

Guerrero: Grupo de Expertos sobre caso Ayotzinapa presenta su informe a 6 meses (7 de septiembre de 2015)

Guerrero: Caso Ayotzinapa es desaparición forzada, confirman expertos de la CIDH (24 de marzo de 2015)

 

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