Independent experts will investigate the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students

On September 2014, 43 students went missing and were allegedly kidnapped and massacred by a drug cartel

Independent experts will investigate the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students
Demonstrators march along with relatives of 43 missing students as they protest on the fifth anniversary of the students' disappearance in Mexico City - Photo: Marco Ugarte/AP
English 08/05/2020 16:54 Newsroom Mexico City Diana Lastiri, Alberto Morales, Alexis Ortiz Actualizada 19:25

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The parents of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students and the federal government, with the support of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, will reinstate the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) to help in the investigation.

This group of independent experts was at odds with the Peña Nieto administration after it refuted the government’s version of the events and provided scientific evidence that demolishes the so-called historic truth presented by Peña Nieto’s government.

Ayotzinapa: the timeline of a tragedy

Back in January, the parents met with Alejandro Encinas, the Human Rights Minister, and agreed to work the independent experts once again, five years after their sons went missing.

International organizations such as the UN and the IACHR urged the Peña Nieto administration to solve the case and have agreed to help the current Mexican administration to solve the enforced disappearance case.

On January 8, the parents met with Alejandro Gertz Manero, Mexico’s Attorney General.

The victim’s parents met with President López Obrador, who has vowed to solve the case at any cost.

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After their meeting with President López Obrador, the parents said they expect to receive important developments in regards to the case in February or March after authorities analyze forensic evidence in laboratories in Mexico and at the Innsbruck University in Austria.

Vidulfo Rosales, the parents’ lawyer, said that the new findings made in 2019 suggest that the students were separated into different groups, contradicting the so-called historic truth presented by the Peña Nieto administration.

President López Obrador will meet with the parents of the 43 missing students ever month.

In September 2014, 43 students from a rural teacher-training school located in Ayotzinapa, in the state of Guerrero went missing and were allegedly kidnapped and massacred by a drug cartel.

The 43 missing students could have been dispersed into smaller groups

On May 7, the IACHR and the Mexican government signed an agreement to reinstate the GIEI to the investigation on the Ayotzinapa case.

The agreement states that the GIEI will operate independently and will be comprised of Ángela Buitrago (Colombia), Carlos Beristain (Spain), Francisco Cox (Chile), and Claudia Paz (Guatemala).

“The GIEI will provide technical assistance in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case, which includes participating in the elaboration of search plans, technical analysis and contribution in the investigations, monitoring the implementation of the Agreement on Attention and Possible Compensation for the victims and their relatives, the identification of torture patterns, and the analysis of the investigation’s guarantees of independence,” said the IACHR in a statement

It added that the GIEI will work in the case for nine months and that it will release the first report after the first three months. Its results will be shared with the IACHR, the Ayotzinapa Truth Commission (COVAJ), Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office (FGR), the victims, and their legal representatives, and with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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