Ayotzinapa Case: Spring 2016 Update, Resources

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It’s been over a year and a half since buses of students were attacked by local police and organized crime on the night of September 26, 2014 in the town of Iguala, Guerrero in Mexico. Six people were killed, over forty people were injured, and forty-three students from the Ayotzinapa teachers’ college were forcibly disappeared.

What can YOU do right now?

Spread the word that the international community is paying attention:

  • Share the link to the report and livestream on Facebook and Twitter;
  • Forward this page to your networks and friends;
  • And talk with colleagues, family, and friends to educate more people about the Ayotzinapa case.

Help our message ring loud and clear: NO to impunity, NO to closing the Ayotzinapa investigation.

In the time since:

  • The Mexican government concluded that the students were taken to a nearby trash dump and burned by local organized crime group, but that explanation has been proven impossible by two separate reports from independent experts;
  • Over 100 people have been arrested, but of those people arrested, 50% reported they were tortured or abused by Mexican police or military (thus placing any testimony in question), and less than 5% of them have been charged with enforced disappearance;
  • Authorities have conclusively identified the remains of only one of the forty-three students, and possibly one other, while the rest remain missing;Photo credit: Emma Buckhout, Mexico City
  • Experts found evidence of the involvement of Mexican military forces in the case, yet the government has denied them access to interview the military unit in question;
  • The groups of independent experts, the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF) and the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) have suffered escalating pushback from the government and defamation campaigns in the media;
  • The Mexican government has reverted to backing its trash dump theory despite all other evidence;

And the families, friends, and fellow students remain without truth or justice for the disappearance of their loved ones.

The GIEI’s mandate ended April 30th. While there is much more work to be done, and the families would like the GIEI to continue its work, the hostility of the Mexican government and media is making it impossible. On Sunday, April 24th, the GIEI released their final report on their investigation of the case. They are asking for international support to hold the Mexican government accountable to implement the conclusions of the report, and most importantly, to continue the search for truth and justice for the families. It is important more than ever that we stand with them now.

See the GIEI’s final report and additional resources on its website here.
See LAWG’s summary of the final report findings, recommendations, and reactions here.

You have spoken out to say that this is something no parent, brother, sister, or friend should have to face. You helped us spread the word with fellow activists, as well as with our policymakers in the United States. Thanks to your activism, the U.S. government spoke out and historically withheld aid for Mexico because it wasn’t meeting human rights standards. But now, more than ever, the families of the Ayotzinapa students and the Group of Experts fighting for truth in their case need our support to spread the message on the international stage that the Ayotzinapa investigation must not be left in impunity.

For more information on the recent developments in the case and pushback from the Mexican government, see the following LAWG resources:

For more background from the last year, see the following LAWG resources and calls to action on the case:

*Post updated May 5, 2016