22 | ENE | 2020
Ayotzinapa and the absence of human rights
Francisco Cox, from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), shakes hand with a relative of a missing student - Photo: Ginnette Riquelme/REUTERS

Ayotzinapa and the absence of human rights

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The Ayotzinapa case became the most emblematic case of enforced disappearance during Pena Nieto's presidency

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Enrique Peña Nieto's presidency had more negative than positive aspects in regards to human rights. Enforced disappearances are one of the most notorious aspects, and Ayotzinapa became the most emblematic case.

In regards to this case, the National Human Rights Commission released new information.

In a recommendation, it explains that the Attorney General's Office overlooked the finding of 38 bony labyrinths of the temporal bones, “constitute a sufficient element to conclude that the bodies of at least 19 people would have been incinerated in the Cocula dumpster.”

The Iguala case was a wasted opportunity to enforce the commitment to fight impunity and ensure the respect of human rights.

The numerous accusations from national and international organizations about the inconsistencies and omissions in the investigation are now joined by the CNDH's report, which emphasized the same issues and goes even further by pointing out “the existence of a clear and previous links between municipal and states authorities with organized crime during the September 2014 events.”

Including the respect of human rights in the Constitution hasn't been enough for it to become a daily practice. The development has been unequal. In the urban areas, which the culture of respect towards human rights is more consolidated than in areas far from major population centers.

The new government will face a huge challenge. Those who will work in human rights acknowledge that there is a human rights crisis and understand the magnitude of the challenge. In regards to the Ayotzinapa case, a Truth Commission was created. It's normal that Mexico will be under national and international scrutiny, which shouldn't be considered as an interference, but rather as support for the adequate fulfillment of the tasks.

During Enrique Peña Nieto's administration, the government's absence was evident. The insecurity and crime rates confirm it. There were many calls to take the right path, made by different voices, but there was no forceful response.

The Human Rights Watch has said that Mexico wasted six years in regards to human rights. There is no time to waste to get back on the right track.


UN sustains validity of its report on the Ayotzinapa case

As a response to the document submitted by the Mexican government last May 7, the UN Human Rights Office states it “stands by” the findings of their original report
UN sustains validity of its report on the Ayotzinapa caseUN sustains validity of its report on the Ayotzinapa case


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