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Monday, May 2, 2016

Mexican Officials Blocked Ayotzinapa Massacre Investigation

PanAm Post

● Officials can't determine fate of 43 students who disappeared in 2014

Mexican authorities impeded an investigation into the massacre of Ayotzinapa students, according to an April 24 report released by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR).

In the 608-page report, the GIEI argued that “the investigation ran into difficulties that cannot be attributed exclusively to the complexity of a case of this magnitude.”

Experts from Spain, Colombia, Chile and Guatemala said they had difficulty reading the case due to a “series of partial obstacles or roadblocks” made by federal authorities working under Enrique Peña Nieto‘s administration.

Instead, they said the Attorney General’s office (PGR), in charge of investigating the case, “delayed unnecessarily or rejected” the proposals made by IACHR experts; consequently, half of the assignments submitted by the group were not completed by the PGR, and the other half won’t be considered until March of next year.

Similarly, the report made reference to other obstacles that resulted from the refusal by Mexican authorities to permit experts to interview detainees, political leaders, and former senior officials with relevant information.

The heads of the IACHR report also said the government failed to establish the ultimate fate of the 43 students who disappeared and were possibly murdered in 2014.

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This article, "Mexican Officials Blocked Ayotzinapa Massacre Investigation," was published on Apr. 25, 2016 at PanAm Post under a Creative Commons license.

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