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Spanish doctor and psychologist Carlos Beristain attended a hearing at the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament along with Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala. (Photo: Archive / EL UNIVERSAL)

Members of the European Parliament support work of experts of the IACHR

03/03/2016
11:45
Dennis A. García
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Two of the five members of the group of experts investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala urged the European Union to "support" their work because they are facing obstacles to clarify the case.

Members of the European Parliament said that Mexico has a "bad reputation" because of the human rights crisis it is facing and added that "allowing impunity means keeping a failed state and that is terrible".

At a press conference MEPs Gaby Küppers and Josep Maria Terricabras said that human rights violations in Mexico are "of a different caliber".

They added that for a Free Trade Agreement with Europe to be approved, they will make sure that Mexico fulfills its human rights commitments.

"It would be absolutely impossible for me to pass a trade agreement with Mexico that does not contain at its heart a commitment to defend human rights and a follow-up clause. There must be binding mechanisms so that human rights are truly respected. An independent authority should certify that these obligations are met," Terricabras explained.

He said that the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is a reliable team and added that he agrees that it is impossible that the remains of the 43 students of the teachers training college of Ayotzinapa, missing since September 2014, were incinerated at Cocula dump as Mexican authorities affirm.

Two of the five members of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts investigating the disappearance of 43 students in Iguala, Guerrero, urged the European Union to "support" their work because they are facing obstacles to clarify the case.

Spanish doctor and psychologist Carlos Beristain, who attended a hearing at the Human Rights Subcommittee of the European Parliament today along with Claudia Paz y Paz, former Attorney General of Guatemala, also asked the European Union to review the recommendations of its reports in order to determine how they can support the work of the group.

Beristain regretted the “internal fragmentation” of the case's file, the obstacles they have faced to interview the members of the 27th. Infantry Battalion, the lack of access to videos and photographs kept by them and that the investigation did not include a fifth bus that was allegedly taken by the students that could have carried hidden drug.

The experts consider that this could have been the reason behind the attack against the students, so they have requested information to prosecutors in Chicago, where the bus was headed to, that are also investigating the case.

(With information from EFE) 
 

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