Ayotzinapa: Peña Nieto's downfall
43 rural trainee teachers were abducted and murdered in Mexico in 2014 - Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP

Ayotzinapa: Peña Nieto's downfall

Mexico City
Michael O'Boyle
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President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to launch a Truth Commission to learn the truth about the case

Mexico’s Human Rights Commission blasted the government’s investigation of the disappearance of 43 students in 2014, for a long list of failures, adding the remains of 19 unidentified people were found in a trash dump linked to the Ayotzinapa case.

During a press conference, Luis González, the head of Mexico’s Human Rights Commission (CNDH), said that burnt remains were found in a dump where government prosecutors said the 43 trainee teachers’ bodies had been burnt by the gang members who killed them.

Independent international investigators have cast serious doubts on a government version of events that said the students were taken to the dump and burnt there, and González cautioned the remains had not yet been identified as any of the missing students.

He noted the dump had been a used by local gangs to dispose of bodies for some time.

The abduction and suspected massacre of the trainee teachers in the southwestern city of Iguala, Guerrero, sparked one of the worst crises of outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto’s government.

President-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador has promised to launch a Truth Commission to get to the bottom of what happened to the students.

The case became emblematic of a surge in enforced disappearances, violence and corruption during Peña Nieto’s presidency that fed the landslide victory of leftist López Obrador, who takes office on Saturday.

For years, family members of the students have refused to accept the government’s version.

González criticized the government’s investigation for “grave human rights violations” and said it would be up to the incoming government to clear up the case and file charges.

The U.N. Human Rights Office said in a report in March that Mexican authorities had tortured dozens of people during the investigation.


Ayotzinapa and the absence of human rights

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


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