Human rights groups condemn missing students investigation

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission says Attorney General's Office has not responded to missing students case recommendations

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Nov 11, 2015

The Mexican Attorney General's Office has received wide criticism from the country's National Human Rights Commission over the case of 43 missing students in Mexico, saying the office failed to implement the suggestions it had given in July regarding the investigation.

"Insufficient and imprecise" are the words used by the commission to describe the prosecutor's actions.

Moreover, the Commission states that it had made a list of 32 failures along with recommendations to better conduct the investigation concerning the missing students.

The students left Ayotzinapa city in south-western Guerrero state heading to a protest in Iguala city by hitchhiking when they were detained by police on Sept. 26, 2014. After their arrest they went missing and there is no clear evidence of what followed.

The case has created big public reaction in Mexico and abroad and led to calls for justice as the students have not yet been found. The police have been unable to provide any evidence about the whereabouts of the students.

According to the Attorney General's Office, the students were handed over to a drug cartel by the local police and were then killed put in trash bags and dumped in the San Juan river. However, their remainings are still missing.

During the first investigation, 60 graves and 129 dead bodies were found within 10 months. Yet, none of the bodies were identified as those of any of the students.

The authorities have been criticised for not creating individual profiles for all the missing students with their blood types, fingerprints or any specific characteristics.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights panel

The government claims that the students were handed over to a drug gang which mistook the students for members of another gang before killing and burning the students. The government has banned any kind of interrogation of the soldiers that witnessed the clash between the local police and the students.

Following the Mexico Human Rights Comission's complaints, the Attorney General's Office said it will consider "each and every observation" that the commission has addressed.

TRTWorld and agencies