Missing 43 Students Case File Made Public


The Mexican Attorney General’s Office has released the entire redacted file of its investigation of the most high profile human rights case the country has ever seen. There has been resounding criticism of the governments recorded actions because of the many contradictions found between the reports and the press releases the government had previously given and the newly released papers.

The story goes like this: On September 26 of 2014, Mexican police attacked dozens of students who were trying to get to an annual rally in Mexico City to commemorate the 1968 Tlatelolco student massacre. Six students died in the attacks, several were injured, and 43 were never seen again. It was reported that, “local police handed the students off to the Guerreros Unidos drug gang who killed the students and incinerated their bodies at a trash dump in the neighboring town of Cocula”. No evidence has been found of such a fire in the Cocula trash dump. However, understanding that this is a notorious drug gang, it would not be wise to assume that this lack of evidence means that the students are still alive.

A panel of experts fielded by the International American Commission on Human Rights concluded in a report last month that this gory version of events has no basis in forensic science, which is the same thing forensic analysts have been saying for months before the report came out. Apparently, the human remains found at the alleged sites only matched the DNA for one student, begging the whereabouts of the other forty two bodies.

Murillo Karam, the attorney general serving through these events, has stood by the original claims and continues to defend them in the face of these new findings. Karam was replaced by Arely Gómez in February, who will now have to confront the public backlash of this atrocity.

Posted by Sophie Terry



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