International/National : Un Human Rights Committee Issues 48 Human Rights Recommendations for Mexico

November 12, 2019

UN

On November 7th, at the end of Mexico’s sixth periodic review of the implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations (UN) issued 48 recommendations.

Among the main ones, the Committee gave the Mexican State a period of two years to “advance in the process of formation of the National Guard as a civil institution.” It expressed concern “for the militarized nature of law enforcement in general, including the National Guard, and for the lack of a clear timetable on the withdrawal of military force in civic security tasks.”

On the other hand, it lamented the lack of progress in the case of the forced disappearance of the 43 students of the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa (Iguala, Guerrero, 2014) and urged to “strengthen the research capacity and independence of all the actors involved in the investigation, including prosecutors and experts, as well as ensuring the consolidation of the accusatory system and the autonomy of the institutions of law enforcement.”

A third recommendation, also with a period of two years to assess progress, is the situation of vulnerability of journalists and human rights defenders. The Committee requested that more resources be allocated towards the prevention of aggressions towards these two sectors as well as an exhaustive investigation in case they occur.

Another concern raised is the mistreatment of migrants, including cases of torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, enforced disappearances, extortion, trafficking, murder and other crimes, in a context of increased migration flows from Central America to the United States and pressures from US government to the Mexican government to stop them. It expressed concern about the widespread use of detention many times by force. It also said it was concerned about the implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols, which require that asylum seekers in the United States remain in Mexican territory during their processing.

On a positive note, it valued the approval of laws such as the Law to Prevent, Investigate and Punish Torture or the Law on the Forced Disappearance of Persons (both from 2017), although it regretted their slow application. In the case of the General Victims Law, it considered its implementation “insufficient” and therefore urged “the State party to provide the bodies responsible for applying the General Victims Law with the necessary resources, adequate training and effective control mechanisms so that victims of human rights violations promptly receive comprehensive reparation… The State party must also ensure, even through legislative reforms, a fast and efficient procedure to achieve legal recognition of the quality of victims.”

For more information in Spanish:

Comité de Derechos Humanos Observaciones finales sobreelsexto informe periódico de México (CCPR, 7 de noviembre de 2019)

Señala ONU violación de derechos de migrantes en México (La Jornada, 7 de noviembre de 2019)

ONU le da dos años a México para desmilitarizar la Guardia Nacional y resolver caso Ayotzinapa (Animal Político, 7 de noviembre de 2019)

La ONU-DDHH pide desde Ginebra a México desmilitarizar la Guardia Nacional y apurar caso de los 43 (Sin Embargo, 7 de noviembre de 2019)

Desmilitarizar la Guardia Nacional y resolver caso Ayotzinapa pide ONU a México (Radio Formula, 8 de noviembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

International/National: UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Ends Mexican Visit while African Migrants Protest in Tapachula (October 7, 2019)

Internacional/Nacional: Alta Comisionada de la ONU para Derechos Humanos expresa preocupación ante varios pendientes en derechos humanos en México (5 de septiembre de 2019)

National/International: UNO Presents Diagnostic of Protection Mechanism of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (September 2, 2019)

National: Consultative Council on Mechanism for Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists (April 11, 2019)

National: Mechanism for Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists Reviewed (March 31, 2019)

National/International: UNHCHR Condemns Murders of Defenders and Journalists in Chiapas and Baja California and Questions Efficacy of Government Protection Mechanism (January 31, 2019)


Guerrero: Communiqué: Demand for End to Attacks and Defamations against La Montaña “Tlachinollan” Human Rights Center and its Attorney Vidulfo Rosales Sierra

October 17, 2019

Mountain.pngVidulfo Rosales Sierra receiving the Jtatic Samuel Jcanan Lum award @ SIPAZ

The signatory organizations express our deep concern over the recent statements of the former Attorney General of the State of Guerrero, Iñaki Blanco Cabrera, against the lawyer of La Montaña “Tlachinollan” Human Rights Center, Vidulfo Rosales, whom he accuses of impeding investigations and profitting with the defense of the families of the 43 student teachers disappeared on September 26th and 27th, 2014, even indicating that he must be investigated by the Attorney General’s Office.

We believe that these declarations constitute a direct attack and that they seek to delegitimize the work of the human rights defender, in addition to upturning the legal representatives’ responsibilities for the recent releases of persons linked to the case and thus avoiding the costs of an investigation plagued by countless human rights violations, ranging from the fabrication of evidence to the use of torture to obtain confessions, documented by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Mexico and that were at the origin of the sentence issued by the First Collegiate Court of Circuit of Reynosa, Tamaulipas, which lists 158 irregularities.

It should be remembered that Iñaki Blanco Cabrera is one of the main players who could be involved in the forced disappearance of the 43 student teachers, for serving as prosecutor at the time of the events and for having incurred omissions and protecting several officials under their charge who had responsibilities in the attack on the students.

We recognize the work of Tlachinollan, which has been defending the human rights of indigenous people of La Montaña Guerrero against the abuses of authority and marginalization for 25 years, and is recognized nationally and internationally for the quality of its integral defense work, as well as for its moral commitment, obtaining a range of awards for this.

We also recognize the work that the defender Vidulfo Rosales Sierra has done for more than 20 years, who has stood out for his accompaniment of the victims of serious human rights violations in Guerrero such as Valentina Rosendo Cantu, Ines Fernandez Ortega, the relatives of the Ayotzinapa students Jorge Alexis and Gabriel Echeverria executed on El Sol highway in December 2011, and the victims of repression from Tlapa de Comonfort on election day in June 2015, struggles that have repeatedly led to threats and direct physical attacks, even causing his departure from the country to safeguard his life.

For all the above, we demand a cessation of the campaign of delegitimization against the defender Vidulfo Rosales Sierra, pointing out the seriousness of this type of statements, whose nature can encourage direct attacks against his life and physical integrity. Likewise, we consider that the statements of the former official seem to aim to divert attention and thus prevent the state authorities of Guerrero from being investigated, emphasizing that it is the violations of due process and the cases of torture with which the investigation of Ayotzinapa are now motivating judicial decisions that release probable perpetrators of the events, which is another example of the network of corruption and impunity that have marked this case and that have been constantly denounced by Tlachinollan and Vidulfo Rosales Sierra.

Organizations, collectives and networks

Acción de los Cristianos para la Abolición de la Tortura de Francia (ACAT-Francia)
Acción Colectiva (León, Guanajuato)
ALUNA, Acompañamiento Psicosocial
Asociadas por lo Justo (JASS)
Bios Iguana
Buscando desaparecidos en México BUSCAME
Causa en Común
Casa del Migrante de Saltillo
Cátedra UNESCO de Derechos Humanos de la UNAM
Centro de Capacitación en Ecología y Salud para Campesinos – Defensoría del Derecho a la Salud (CCESC-DDS)
Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres A.C. (CEDEHM)
Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte
Centro de Estudios Sociales y Culturales Antonio de Montesinos A.C.
Centro de Justicia para la Paz y el Desarrollo, A.C. (CEPAD)
Centro Nacional de Comunicación Social A.C. (CENCOS)
Centro para el Desarrollo Integral de la Mujer A. C. (CEDIMAC)
Ciudadanos en Apoyo a los Derechos Humanos A.C. (CADHAC)
Coalición Internacional para el Hábitat, Oficina para América Latina
Comité Cerezo México
Comité de Familiares de Personas Detenidas Desaparecidas en Mexico, COFADDEM.
Comisión Ciudadana de Derechos Humanos del noroeste A.C (CCDH)
Comisión de Solidaridad y defensa de los derechos humanos
Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (CMDPDH)
Consorcio para el Diálogo Parlamentario y la Equidad Oaxaca A.C:
Coordinación Alemana por los Derechos Humanos en México
El Día Después
Espacio de Coordinación de Organizaciones Civiles sobre Derechos Económicos, Sociales, Culturales y Ambientales (ESPACIO DESCA)
FIAN sección México
Fundación Abogacía Española
Fundación Find
Fundación para la Justicia y el estado Democrático de Derechos A.C.
Idea A.C.
Justice Mexico Now (UK)
La Asociación Mundial de Radios Comunitarias (AMARC)
La Sandía Digital, Laboratorio de Cultura Audiovisual A.C.
Laboratorio de Innovación para la Paz
Instituto Mexicano de Derechos Humanos y Democracia
Instituto Mexicano para el Desarrollo Comunitario, A.C. (IMDEC)
Instituto para la Seguridad y Democracia (INSYDE)
México vía Berlín
MISEREOR
Movimiento Morelense en Contra de la Minería
Observatorio de Violencia Social y de Género de Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez
Observatorio Internacional para la Abogacía en Riesgo.
Oficina en Washington para Asuntos Latinoamericanos
Otros Mundos/Chiapas
Procesos Integrales para la Autogestión de los Pueblos (PIAP)
Red Ciudadana de No Violencia y Dignidad Humana
Red Mexicana de Afectadas/os por la Minería (REMA)

National network of Human Rights Civil Organisms “All Rights for All” (composed of 87 organizations in 23 states if the Mexican Republic):

Academia Hidalguense de Educación y Derechos Humanos A.C. (ACADERH) (Hidalgo); Agenda LGBT (Estado de México); Alianza Sierra Madre, A.C. (Chihuahua); Aluna Acompañamiento Psicosocial, A.C.(Ciudad de México); Asistencia Legal por los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (AsiLegal) (Ciudad de México); Asociación Jalisciense de Apoyo a los Grupos Indígenas, A.C. (AJAGI) (Guadalajara, Jal.); Asociación para la Defensa de los Derechos Ciudadanos “Miguel Hidalgo” (Jacala Hgo.); Bowerasa, A.C. “Haciendo Camino” (Chihuahua, Chih.); Casa del Migrante Saltillo (Saltillo, Coah.); Católicas por el Derecho a Decidir, A.C. (Ciudad de México); Centro de Capacitación y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos e Indígenas, Asociación Civil (CECADDHI) (Chihuahua); Centro “Fray Julián Garcés” Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Local, A. C. (Tlaxcala, Tlax.); Centro de Apoyo al Trabajador, A.C. (CAT) (Ciudad de México); Centro de Derechos de la Mujeres de Chiapas (San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chis.); Centro de Derechos Humanos “Don Sergio” (Jiutepec, Mor.); Centro de Derechos Humanos “Fray Bartolomé de Las Casas”, A. C. (San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chis); Centro de Derechos Humanos “Fray Francisco de Vitoria O.P.”, A. C. (Ciudad de México); Centro de Derechos Humanos “Fray Matías de Córdova”, A.C. (Tapachula, Chis.); Centro de Derechos Humanos “Juan Gerardi”, A. C. (Torreón, Coah.); Centro de Derechos Humanos “Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez”, A. C. (Ciudad de México); Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña, Tlachinollan, A. C. (Tlapa, Gro.); Centro de Derechos Humanos de las Mujeres (Chihuahua); Centro de Derechos Humanos de los Pueblos del Sur de Veracruz “Bety Cariño”, A.C. (Tatahuicapan de Juárez, Ver.); Centro de Derechos Humanos Digna Ochoa, A.C (Tonalá, Chis.); Centro de Derechos Humanos Paso del Norte (Cd. Juárez, Chih.); Centro de Derechos Humanos Toaltepeyolo (Orizaba, Veracruz); Centro de Derechos Humanos Victoria Diez, A.C. (León, Gto.); Centro de Derechos Humanos Zeferino Ladrillero (CDHZL) (Estado de México); Centro de Derechos Indígenas “Flor y Canto”, A. C. (Oaxaca, Oax.); Centro de Derechos Indígenas A. C. (Bachajón, Chis.); Centro de Investigación y Capacitación Propuesta Cívica A. C. (Propuesta Cívica) (Ciudad de México); Centro de Justicia para la Paz y el Desarrollo, A. C. (CEPAD) (Guadalajara, Jal.); Centro de los Derechos del Migrante (Ciudad de México); Centro de Reflexión y Acción Laboral (CEREAL-Guadalajara) (Guadalajara, Jal.); Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos “Fray Juan de Larios”, A.C. (Saltillo, Coah.); Centro Juvenil Generando Dignidad (Comalcalco, Tabasco); Centro Kalli Luz Marina (Orizaba, Ver.); Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA) (Ciudad de México); Centro Mujeres (La Paz, BCS.); Centro Regional de Defensa de DDHH José María Morelos y Pavón, A.C. (Chilapa, Gro.); Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos “Bartolomé Carrasco”, A.C. (BARCA) (Oaxaca, Oax.); Ciencia Social Alternativa, A.C. KOOKAY (Mérida, Yuc.); Ciudadanía Lagunera por los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (CILADHAC) (Torreón, Coah.); Colectivo contra la Tortura y la Impunidad (CCTI) (Ciudad de México); Colectivo Educación para la Paz y los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (CEPAZDH) (San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chis.); Comisión Ciudadana de Derechos Humanos del Noroeste (Mexicali, Baja California); Comisión de Derechos Humanos y Laborales del Valle de Tehuacán, A.C. (Tehuacán, Pue.); Comisión de Solidaridad y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos, A.C. (COSYDDHAC) (Chihuahua, Chih.); Comisión Independiente de Derechos Humanos de Morelos, A. C. (CIDHMOR) (Cuernavaca, Mor.); Comisión Regional de Derechos Humanos “Mahatma Gandhi”, A. C. (Tuxtepec, Oax.); Comité Cerezo (Ciudad de México); Comité Cristiano de Solidaridad Monseñor Romero (Ciudad de México); Comité de Defensa de las Libertades Indígenas (Palenque, Chis.); Comité de Defensa Integral de Derechos Humanos Gobixha A.C. (CODIGODH) (Oaxaca, Oax.); Comité de Derechos Humanos “Fr. Pedro Lorenzo de la Nada”, A. C. (Ocosingo, Chis.); Comité de Derechos Humanos “Sierra Norte de Veracruz”, A. C. (Huayacocotla, Ver.); Comité de Derechos Humanos Ajusco (Ciudad de México); Comité de Derechos Humanos de Colima No Gubermantal A. C. (Colima, Col.); Comité de Derechos Humanos de Comalcalco, A. C. (CODEHUCO) (Comalcalco, Tab); Comité de Derechos Humanos de Tabasco, A. C. (CODEHUTAB) (Villahermosa, Tab); Comité de Derechos Humanos y Orientación Miguel Hidalgo, A. C. (Dolores Hidalgo, Gto.); Comité de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos “Hasta Encontrarlos”(Ciudad de México); Comité Sergio Méndez Arceo Pro Derechos Humanos de Tulancingo, Hgo A.C. (Tulancingo, Hgo.); Consultoría Técnica Comunitaria AC (CONTEC) (Chihuahua); El Caracol, A.C (Ciudad de México); Estancia del Migrante González y Martínez, A.C. (Querétaro, Qro.); Frente Cívico Sinaloense. Secretaría de Derechos Humanos (Culiacán, Sin.); Fundación para la Justicia y el Estado Democrático de Derecho (Ciudad de México); Indignación, A. C. Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos (Mérida, Yuc.); Instituto de Derechos Humanos Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J. Universidad Iberoamericana- Puebla (Puebla, Pue.); Instituto Mexicano de Derechos Humanos y Democracia (Ciudad de México); Instituto Mexicano para el Desarrollo Comunitario, A. C. (IMDEC) (Guadalajara, Jal.); Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente. Programa Institucional de Derechos Humanos y Paz (Guadalajara, Jal.); Justicia, Derechos Humanos y Género, A.C. (Ciudad de México); La 72, Hogar-Refugio para Personas Migrantes (La 72) (Tenosique, Tabasco); Mujeres Indígenas por la Conservación, Investigación y Aprovechamiento de los Recursos Naturales, A. C. (CIARENA) (Oaxaca); Oficina de Defensoría de los Derechos de la Infancia A.C. (ODI) (Ciudad de México); Promoción de los Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (PRODESCAC) (Estado de México); Proyecto de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales (ProDESC) (Ciudad de México); Proyecto sobre Organización, Desarrollo, Educación e Investigación (PODER) (Ciudad de México); Red Solidaria de Derechos Humanos, A.C. (Morelia, Michoacán); Respuesta Alternativa, A. C. Servicio de Derechos Humanos y Desarrollo Comunitario (San Luis Potosí); Servicio, Paz y Justicia de Tabasco, A.C. (SERPATAB) (Villahermosa, Tab.); Servicios de Inclusión Integral, A.C. (SEIINAC) (Pachuca, Hgo.); Tequio Jurídico A.C. (Oaxaca, Oax.); VIHas de Vida (Guadalajara, Jal.); Voces Mesoamericanas, Acción con Pueblos Migrantes AC (San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas).
Sabuesos Guerreras A.C.
Servicio, Desarrollo y Paz, A.C. (SEDEPAC)
Servicio y Asesoría para la Paz (SERAPAZ)
Zacatecanas y Zacatecanos por la Paz

Individuals

Alberto Xicotencatl Carrasco, Presidente del Consejo Consultivo del Mecanismo para la Protección de Personas Defensoras de Derechos Humanos y Periodistas.
Alberto Athier
Alfredo Lecona Martínez
Alfredo Limas Hernández
Catalina Pérez Correa
Cecilia Saviñón Casas, Feminista / Nuevo León
Comité de Solidaridad México-Salzburgo
Daniel Vázquez
Investigador de tiempo completo del IIJ-UNAM
Investigador de tiempo parcial de la FLACSO-México.
Daniel Giménez Cacho
Denise Dresser
Dra Gloria Ramirez
Edith Hanel
Fernando Ríos
José Mario de la Garza Marroquín
Jesús Sarabia Contreras Torreón Coahuila
Jorge Javier Romero Vadillo
Ixchel Cisneros Soltero
Lídice Ramos, Académica de la Univresidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Lylia Palacios, Académica de la Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Santiago Corcuera Cabezut
Paola Zabala Saeb
Pablo Romo Cedano
Ruth Fierro Pineda
Raymundo Sandoval
Gabino Gómez Escárcega
Marcela Villalobos Andrade
Michel Chamberlin
Maite Azuela
Mariclare Acosta
María Isabel Cruz Bernal
María Dolores Estrada, Feminista / Nuevo León
Maricruz Flores, Feminista e Intengrante del Colectivo Plural de Mujeres / Monterrey, N.L.
Ricardo Loewe
Rosalinda Zavala Salazar, Feminista
Sandra H. Cardona, Feminista
Séverine Durin, Académica del CIESAS Noreste
Walter Schnöll


National: Parents of 43 Ayotzinapa Student Teachers March in Mexico City, Numerous Protests Mark Fifth Anniversary of Disappearance

October 7, 2019

Ayotzi@sopitas.com

On the fifth anniversary of the disappearance of their children, parents of the 43 students of the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014, held a peaceful demonstration in Mexico City and demanded results in the investigation of the case from the Mexican government. This same day they also spoke in the Chamber of Deputies, where they told their personal experiences, and highlighted the irregularities and the failure of government investigations and actions so far.

Cruz Mendoza, one of the parents, said: “This government that we have right now, I believe it is willing, although until now there have just been words and more words, because the case has not progressed much, as we would like it to. We will continue in this fight, walking, as for five years, that have been of suffering, tormented. It’s five years I don’t want to remember, I feel like it’s the first day. We don’t know anything about our children, where they are, what happened to them.”

Demonstrations were also held in other parts of the country. In Chiapas, students from the Jacinto Canek and Mactumatza schools held a march of around 500 people in Tuxtla Gutierrez. In Oaxaca, student teachers also demonstrated, while the Institute of Graphic Arts of Oaxaca (IAGO in its Spanish acronym) organized an exhibition of kites made by Francisco Toledo, in memory of the 43 victims.

In the activities in Mexico City, around one hundred people committed acts of vandalism, which damaged 30 businesses and public offices, and left two injured police officers. The parents of the 43 distanced themselves from these actions, emphasizing that they were the work of only a fraction of the more than 5,000 people who participated in the demonstrations in this City.

For his part, President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) wore a shirt that the parents of the 43 gave him on the day, as an expression of his support. He reiterated his government’s commitment to establishing the truth about what happened.

For more information in Spanish:

‘Vamos a seguir en esta lucha, caminando, como desde hace 5 años’: padres de normalistas en marcha en CDMX Animal Político, 26 de septiembre de 2019.

Marchan en Oaxaca y Chiapas a cinco años de caso Ayotzinapa Milenio, 26 de septiembre de 2019.

Padres de desaparecidos de Ayotzinapa hablan en la Cámara de Diputados E-consulta.com Oaxaca, 26 de septiembre de 2019.

Dañaron 30 inmuebles y lesionaron a dos policías en marcha de Ayotzinapa Milenio, 26 de septiembre de 2019.

En la mañanera, AMLO usa playera alusiva a Ayotzinapa Milenio, 26 de septiembre de 2019.

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: Attorney General Will Investigate Ayotzinapa Case “Almost from Scratch” (September 25, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Reactions to Liberation of 24 Involved in Ayotzinapa Case (September 23, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Relatives of the 43 Student Teachers Disappeared in Iguala in 2014 Meet AMLO (September 23, 2019)

Guerrero: New Stage in Investigation of Ayotzinapa Case – Creation of Special Investigation Unit with Omar Gomez Trejo as Head (July 8, 2019)

National/Guerrero: VIDEO of Torture in Ayotzinapa Case Belies “Historic Truth” (June 27, 2019)

Guerrero: Attorney General and SEDENA Denounced for Lack of Interest in Solving Ayotzinapa Case (May 17, 2019)

Guerrero/National: More Information Published on Role of Army in Ayotzinapa Case (March 15, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in Ayotzinapa Case Set Up. Federal Judge Orders Investigation into Possible Responsibility of Attorney General Employees for Irregularities (January 22nd, 2019)


Guerrero: Attorney General Will Investigate Ayotzinapa Case “Almost from Scratch”

September 25, 2019

Ayotzi

On September 18th, Vidulfo Rosales, lawyer for the relatives of the 43 students of the Ayotzinapa Rural Normal School who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero in September 2014, reported that after a meeting with the attorney general, Alejandro Gertz Manero, he agreed to restart the investigations “almost, almost from scratch” while recognizing “the irregularities that were committed.”

After the meeting in which President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) participated as an honorary witness, the member of the Tlachinollan Mountain Human Rights Center announced that it seeks to have “a solid base” and that, in December, a first evaluation will be made of the new inquiries. He added that Gertz Manero offered that all mechanisms would be sought to prevent the continued release of more accused persons in relation to the events.

“We have the route from here to December, we must have clear advances in the lines of investigation that we have pointed out, there must be people held responsible for the irregularities, indications of where the students are must be strengthened, who, as long as we do not have scientific and irrefutable evidence, are still being looked for alive,” the lawyer said.

For his part, and upon leaving the meeting in the national palace, the Special Prosecutor of the Ayotzinapa Case Unit, Omar Gomez Trejo, said that “many officials who have been acting in the different areas of responsibility” are being investigated. He added that “we are carrying out nine searches in different places” and will soon undertake two more. He stressed that “the main commitment is to make an independent, objective, clear investigation that breaks that narrative that has been created in the previous years.”

Upon leaving the meeting, on behalf of the fathers and mothers of the 43 student teachers, Cristina Bautista, stressed that these commitments generate “faith and hope” as “a step forward to continue with the investigations.” She clarified, however, that “trust in officials will be built as the investigation progresses.”

For more information in Spanish:

Reiniciarán “desde cero” investigaciones del caso Ayotzinapa, acuerdan padres de los 43 y FGR (Aristegui Noticias, 18 de septiembre de 2019)

FGR y familiares de los 43 de Ayotzinapa acuerdan reuniones trimestrales (Proceso, 18 de septiembre de 2019)

FGR ofrece a padres reconstruir investigaciones por desaparición de normalistas de Ayotzinapa (Animal Político, 18 de septiembre de 2019)

Ayotzinapa, cinco años (Ayotzinapa, 18 de septiembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero/National: Reactions to Liberation of 24 Involved in Ayotzinapa Case (September 23, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Relatives of the 43 Student Teachers Disappeared in Iguala in 2014 Meet AMLO (September 23, 2019)

Guerrero: New Stage in Investigation of Ayotzinapa Case – Creation of Special Investigation Unit with Omar Gomez Trejo as Head (July 8, 2019)

National/Guerrero: VIDEO of Torture in Ayotzinapa Case Belies “Historic Truth” (June 27, 2019)

Guerrero: Attorney General and SEDENA Denounced for Lack of Interest in Solving Ayotzinapa Case (May 17, 2019)

Guerrero/National: More Information Published on Role of Army in Ayotzinapa Case (March 15, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in Ayotzinapa Case Set Up. Federal Judge Orders Investigation into Possible Responsibility of Attorney General Employees for Irregularities (January 22nd, 2019)


Guerrero/National: Reactions to Liberation of 24 Involved in Ayotzinapa Case

September 23, 2019

Ayotzi

On September 15th, a few days before the fifth anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students from the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa, in Iguala, Guerrero, the undersecretary of Human Rights of the Interior, Alejandro Encinas, reported that a judge granted the freedom to 24 accused for their alleged participation in the events. He added that there are already 77 people released, of the 142 who had been arrested in the case, and that there are only 65 people detained in relation to it. He left open the possibility that there could still be more releases. He considered that this constitutes a “serious precedent” and an “affront to the victims, to the parents and a mockery of justice”; He said that “it shows the misery, the rot in which the justice system in the country finds itself.” “The Attorney General’s Office (FGR) must endorse responsibilities to the ex-judge Jesus Murillo Karam, as well as Tomas Zeron de Lucio – formerly in charge of the Criminal Investigation Agency (CIA) ”, Encinas, who heads the Commission for the Truth and Access to Justice in the Ayotzinapa case, also stated. The day before, the Prosecutor’s Office of Ayotzinapa, attached to the FGR, announced that it will “present all the resources” against the officials who “have failed to fulfill their functions” since the beginning of the case.

The next day, the National Human Rights Commission (CNDH in its Spanish acronym) also regretted these releases and reiterated the “need for all criminal proceedings initiated to be strengthened” following the recommendation 15VG / 2018 issued by this body in November 2018, which “has not yet been seen to or fulfilled.” “It is urgent that the current Prosecutor General of the Republic (FGR in its Spanish acronym) acts to remedy such situations, strengthening, redirecting or initiating new criminal proceedings, duly supported, that allow the re-apprehension of those who were responsible that had been released,” he said.

For more information in Spanish:

Lamenta CNDH liberación de 24 inculpados en caso Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 17 de septiembre de 2019)

Liberan a otros 24 inculpados en la desaparición de normalistas (CNN en México, 16 de septiembre de 2019)

Preocupa liberación de inculpados a 5 años del caso Ayotzinapa: Melitón Ortega (MVS Noticias, 16 de septiembre de 2019)

Quedaron libres otros 24 inculpados por el caso Ayotzinapa: Encinas (Animal Político, 15 de septiembre de 2019)

Liberan a 24 personas más ligadas al caso Ayotzinapa; quedan sólo 65 detenidos de 142 (Proceso, 15 de septiembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero/National: Relatives of the 43 Student Teachers Disappeared in Iguala in 2014 Meet AMLO (September 23, 2019)

Guerrero: New Stage in Investigation of Ayotzinapa Case – Creation of Special Investigation Unit with Omar Gomez Trejo as Head (July 8, 2019)

National/Guerrero: VIDEO of Torture in Ayotzinapa Case Belies “Historic Truth” (June 27, 2019)

Guerrero: Attorney General and SEDENA Denounced for Lack of Interest in Solving Ayotzinapa Case (May 17, 2019)

Guerrero/National: More Information Published on Role of Army in Ayotzinapa Case (March 15, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in Ayotzinapa Case Set Up. Federal Judge Orders Investigation into Possible Responsibility of Attorney General Employees for Irregularities (January 22nd, 2019)


Guerrero/National: Relatives of the 43 Student Teachers Disappeared in Iguala in 2014 Meet AMLO

September 23, 2019

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On September 11th, relatives of the 43 students of the Normal Rural School of Ayotzinapa who disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014, held a private meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).

According to the PRODH Center, which accompanies the family members, they “stated before the president that not all institutions – notably, the FGR, SEDENA and the Federal Police – are making efforts together with the Commission for Truth and Access to the Justice of the Ayotzinapa case, headed by Alejandro Encinas, from whom they recognized the commitment put things in the order.” For this reason they asked AMLO to intercede before the Attorney General, Alejandro Gertz Manero, “to reiterate his commitment in the investigation, including in the investigations of those responsible for the irregularities, and to meet with them. They also asked for the deepening of international aid, which has arrived in a timely manner and, especially, that Lopez Obrador does not leave them alone.” The PRODH Center also reported that “the head of the Executive established four commitments: establish bimonthly meetings with families; manage a meeting with the FGR; call on institutions, including SEDENA, to support the Commission and deepen international assistance.”

After the meeting, the undersecretary of the Interior for human rights, Alejandro Encinas, informed that there is “new evidence” available to the Ayotzinapa Truth Commission that allows us to assume that disappeared student teachers remain in the state of Guerrero: “There are indications that we are investigating just now. New clues, lines of inveatigation that were not taken care of and the lines of investigation that we are developing.” He also said that the meeting with the parents of the student teachers was “excellent and on very good terms.”

The next day, AMLO explained the actions carried out by the government in a press conference and said that, “we need results, to know where youths are, and we are doing everything that can be done, should be done, everything. Yesterday I explained the decisions that have been taken in this regard and our interest in continuing the search for the youths is a matter of the highest priority for the government, it is a justice and humanitarian issue.”

For more information in Spanish:

AMLO se reúne con los familiares de los 43 estudiantes de Ayotzinapa: “A 5 años de la desaparición de nuestros hijos, la herida sigue abierta” (BBC News, 12 de septiembre de 2019)

Necesitamos resultados para el caso Ayotzinapa: AMLO (La Jornada, 12 de septiembre de 2019)

Ayotzinapa: Tras encuentro con presidente, logran familias seguimiento estrecho a investigación (Centro ProDH, 12 de septiembre de 2019)

Nuevas evidencias estiman que normalistas de Ayotzinapa estarían en Guerrero: Encinas (Aristegui Noticias, 11 de septiembre de 2019)

Normalistas de Ayotzinapa podrían permanecer en Guerrero: Alejandro Encinas (Vanguardia, 11 de septiembre de 2019)

Los errores en el expediente de Ayotzinapa (Proceso, 9 de septiembre de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

Guerrero: New Stage in Investigation of Ayotzinapa Case – Creation of Special Investigation Unit with Omar Gomez Trejo as Head (July 8, 2019)

National/Guerrero: VIDEO of Torture in Ayotzinapa Case Belies “Historic Truth” (June 27, 2019)

Guerrero: Attorney General and SEDENA Denounced for Lack of Interest in Solving Ayotzinapa Case (May 17, 2019)

Guerrero/National: More Information Published on Role of Army in Ayotzinapa Case (March 15, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in Ayotzinapa Case Set Up. Federal Judge Orders Investigation into Possible Responsibility of Attorney General Employees for Irregularities (January 22nd, 2019)


Guerrero: New Stage in Investigation of Ayotzinapa Case – Creation of Special Investigation Unit with Omar Gomez Trejo as Head

July 8, 2019

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On June 26th, Agreement A/010/19 was published in the Official Gazette of the Federation, with which the Special Investigation and Litigation Unit for the Ayotzinapa case was created.

“The agreement establishes that the Special Unit will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of the crimes committed in Iguala, Guerrero, in September 2014, until the conclusion of all the criminal proceedings related to the events that led to the disappearance of the 43 students from the ‘Raúl Isidro Burgos’ Normal School.”

On the same day, the Attorney General’s Office (FGR in its Spanish acronym) reported that the teacher Omar Gomez Trejo would occupy the ownership of the new unit.

“For the relatives of the disappeared students and for the organizations that accompany them, the announcement means the beginning of a new stage in the criminal investigation (…) in particular, the appointment of the new head is a reason for hope.” This is due to his knowledge of the case and his long career in human rights organizations.

As a first initiative, the head of the Special Unit for Investigation and Litigation of the FGR and the Commission for Truth and Access to Justice for the Ayotzinapa case, agreed to design a work plan to guarantee progress such as, “the integration of all the archives of investigation linked to the case and that, depending directly on the Attorney General, would guarantee substantive progress in the investigation and clarification of the Ayotzinapa case”, the Government Secretariat stated.

For more information in Spanish:

Inician nueva etapa en investigación del caso Ayotzinapa (Aristegui Noticias, 28 de junio de 2019)

Omar Gómez se reúne con unidad especial del Caso Ayotzinapa (Milenio, 28 de junio de 2019)

Comunicado FGR 313/19 Se crea por Acuerdo, Unidad Especial de Investigación y Litigación para el caso Ayotzinapa (Fiscalía General de la República, 26 de junio de 2019)

Familiares y organizaciones saludan inicio de una nueva etapa en la investigación del caso Ayotzinapa (Tlachinollan, 28 de junio de 2019)

For more information from SIPAZ:

National/Guerrero: VIDEO of Torture in Ayotzinapa Case Belies “Historic Truth” (June 27, 2019)

Guerrero: Attorney General and SEDENA Denounced for Lack of Interest in Solving Ayotzinapa Case (May 17, 2019)

Guerrero/National: More Information Published on Role of Army in Ayotzinapa Case (March 15, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Commission for Truth and Access to Justice in Ayotzinapa Case Set Up. Federal Judge Orders Investigation into Possible Responsibility of Attorney General Employees for Irregularities (January 22nd, 2019)

Guerrero/National: Decree Establishes Truth Commission for Ayotzinapa Case (December 19th, 2018)

Guerrero/National/International: CNDH and IACHR Ayotzinapa Reports (December 14th, 2018)

Guerrero/National: Ayotzinapa, Four Years On… (October 1st, 2018)