New report refutes lost Mexican students being incinerated

Independent report rejects official report on 43 lost students, says huge cremation never happened

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Relatives and friends of the 43 missing students wait for a press conference of experts of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Mexico City, September 6, 2015.

An independent report prepared by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) that has been released on Sunday, states that the 43 lost Mexican students have not been incinerated, as the governmental investigation claimed.

The official research led by then Attorney General Jesus Murillo Karam concluded that the students were killed and burned for 14 hours before their ashes were thrown in a river last year. The only remain found was a bone belonging to a student, which was found in the dump, where the cremation took place, stated the investigation. 

However, the over 400 page IACHR report states that to cremate so many people, it would require 60 hours of burning time and nearly 60 tonnes of wood, tires and diesel.

Mexico's Attorney General Arely Gomez said that she will request a new investigation, led by forensic investigators.

Families of the lost students say that they have lost trust with the government.

Felipe de la Cruz, spokesman for the families said that President Enrique Pena Nieto and his security cabinet “lied, and made us endure a time of psychological and emotional trauma.” He asks Karam to be investigated too.

"Even with the world watching and with substantial resources at hand, the authorities proved unable or unwilling to conduct a serious investigation," said Jose Miguel Vivanco from the Human Rights Watch.

According to the official report, the students were confused with rivals, when a rebel drug cartel and corrupt policemen, who work cooperatively, shot at their busses. The police handed them to the gang "Guerreros Unidos [United Warriors]" and the gang incinerated the students in a local dump.

On the night of September 26-27 last year, 43 students from a leftist oriented teaching college had hijacked buses to go to a demonstration. In the city of Iguala, which is a transfer center for heroin going to the US, their buses were shot by the police.

The IACHR experts couldn’t determine what happened to the students either, but they have suggestions for a close research. They said one of the five buses was not searched at all in the federal investigation, which they think may have drugs or cash in it, beyond the student’s knowledge.

The report also shows that the state, police and army were monitoring the students even before they arrived to Iguala and stood by as their busses were shot at by corrupt police.


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