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Press release: DROI Chair urges the Mexican authorities to conduct an impartial investigation into the Ayotzinapa case

Below we reproduce the press release published on March 20, 2018 by the European Parliament, available here.


Following the recent release of UN OHCHR report on Human Rights violations in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa Case, Pier Antonio Panzeri, Chair of the Human Rights Subcom., stated:

“I call on the Mexican authorities to conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into the arbitrary detentions, acts of torture and other human rights violations committed.

Since 2014 the Mexican authorities have not been able to conduct an impartial investigation into the Ayotzinapa case which fully respects the rights of the defendant, the presumption of innocence and the General Law on Torture, in particular during the prosecution phase.

I consider it unacceptable that torture and ill-treatment were used on individuals prosecuted in the Ayotzinapa case.

The Mexican authorities, in particular those in charge of investigations must to abide by the General Law on Torture and comply with international standards.

As the European Union and Mexico are building an unprecedented and strong community of political and economic interests, it is important to recall that at the heart of this community there will always be the shared values of respect for human rights and the rule of law.

The Subcommittee on Human Rights will continue to closely monitor the situation”.


Background information

Between 26 and 27 September 2014 a large group of students was attacked by municipal police officers while traveling to a demonstration in Mexico City. During the course of the night, 43 students became victims of enforced disappearances. An investigation found that the municipal police forces had handed students over to members of a criminal gang of Guerreros United, who had killed them. This was confirmed by the DNA of one of the students, which was found in the San Juan River, where ashes and other remains of the students were dumped. Furthermore, the Intern/Disciplinary Group of Independent Experts indicated that the injuries of at least 17 persons detained as suspects in the case were consistent with acts of torture or ill-treatment, emphasizing irregularities that should lead to other lines of investigation.


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