There have been various recent developments in the case of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students who went missing in September 2014. Al Jazeera recently aired this episode of the Stream with independent journalist John Gibler, foreign news editor at Excelsior Jose Carreño, campaigner and activist Citlalli Hernandez, and Everard Meade director of the Transborder Institute.
One of the important points made during the video is that while there is much disagreement and confusion as to what happened after the 43 students were abducted, many witnesses have reported that they were taken during a joint operation between police and the military. You can watch the video here –
From Al Jazeera –
Mexico’s disappeared: Searching for the Ayotzinapa students
More than 18 months have passed since 43 students from Ayotzinapa, a town in Mexico’s southern Guerrero state, went missing and the accounts of what happened in 2014 are still unclear. The news sparked international outrage, and to this day, families and activists regularly take to the streets demanding answers.
Since then, a panel of independent experts from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) have come out poking holes at the government’s investigation. The IACHR’s involvement brought hope to people living in a country where there have reportedly been more than 20,000 disappearance cases in the past decade. But recently, Mexico’s Deputy Interior Minister Roberto Campa announced that the IACHR would cease work by the end of April, prompting some to question what will become of the 43 missing students’ case. Campa reaffirmed the government’s commitment to the investigation, emphasising his faith in the country’s institutions.
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