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The Forced Disappearance of 43 Students in Mexico

Mexico and the world are now commemorating the three-year anniversary of the disappearance of 43 students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Ayotzinapa Teachers’ Training College.

The government’s official version says local police apprehended the 43 students on the night of September 26 and early hours of Sept. 27, 2014, and handed them over to a gang known as Guerreros Unidos.

teleSUR takes a look at the renewed movement for justice that has sprouted up across the country and the world, forging new bonds of solidarity on regional, binational, and international levels — commemorating the 43 and joining in the cry: "Alive they were taken, alive we want them back!"

 

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'It Was the State'

 

'It Was the State': Unmasking the Official Ayotzinapa Narrative

Journalist John Gibler investigates the disappearance of the 43 students at Ayotzinapa and the strong links implicating both local and federal officials to the crime. READ MORE

New Study Debunks Mexico's Line on Ayotzinapa Students, Again

A new independent study is the latest forensic evidence to rebut the Mexican government’s claim that the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students were burned in a garbage dump, lending credence to claims by human rights groups that authorities have conspired to cover up the truth to conceal their own complicity. READ MORE

Mexico: Priority in Ayotzinapa Case Is Finding the Students

The Mexican government's attorney said Saturday that the government is prioritizing finding the 43 Ayotzinapa students that were forcibly disappeared, just days before the second anniversary of one of the country’s most important cases of human rights abuses. READ MORE

Ayotzinapa Solidarity

 

Defying Borders, Reclaiming Identity

Latino Ayotzinapa solidarity activists in the U.S engage in protests and hunger strikes. They say the United States is complicit in human rights abuses through its support for the Mexican government across the border and must end military aid. READ MORE

Chicana Artist Pays Tribute to Ayotzinapa

teleSUR English interviews acclaimed Mexican-American artist Andrea Arroyo on her recent exhibits dedicated to the victims of Ayotzinapa. READ MORE

Fighting for the Disappeared in Argentina and Ayotzinapa

The mother of one of Mexico’s 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students Saturday visited Argentina’s internationally-renowned Mothers and Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo to share experiences from their movements and commemorate decades of struggle. READ MORE

US Influence

 

Plan Merida on Trial

In Mexico, Plan Merida has been blamed for worsening the country’s security situation and allowing atrocities like the Ayotzinapa disappearances to flourish. READ MORE 

US Claims Mexico Policy Is Effective Despite Ayotzinapa Tragedy

“The mass murder in Iguala deserves the condemnation of the whole world but, that does not mean that the bilateral cooperation has failed,” said U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International and Law Enforcement Affairs, William Brownfield. READ MORE

Human Rights Crisis

 

 

'Climate of Impunity' Threatens Justice for Ayotzinapa Families

During the closed-door meeting at a Guerrero school, Jarab hailed the fact that Mexico's attorney general's office was opening new lines of investigation. He also said a special monitoring mechanism dictated by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or IACHR, would be installed soon to ensure the Mexican government is held accountable for its probe. READ MORE

Mexico's Crisis of Enforced Disappearances Hits Women Hard

A gender crisis that sees four women forcibly disappeared every month in the western Mexican state of Jalisco has prompted authorities to launch a new initiative to immediately begin searching for missing women and girls in the state. READ MORE

 
  • Relatives carry photos of some of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers

    Relatives carry photos of some of the 43 missing students of the Ayotzinapa teachers' training college during a protest to mark the anniversary of their disappearance in Mexico City, Aug. 26, 2015. | Photo Reuters

  • Ayotzinapa has now become a symbolic case of Mexican government human rights abuses, extrajudicial murders and forced disappearances. Activists point to the most recent case in which federal police are accused of extrajudicial murder of 12 protesters in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca on July 19th, 2016. That case too has seen little advances.

    Ayotzinapa has now become a symbolic case of Mexican government human rights abuses, extrajudicial murders and forced disappearances. Activists point to the most recent case in which federal police are accused of extrajudicial murder of 12 protesters in Nochixtlan, Oaxaca on July 19th, 2016. That case too has seen little advances.

  • The families of the disappeared 43 and their legal representatives have had a series of meetings with officials from the Attorney General’s Office and Interior Ministry. Over the course of 22 months they have had meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as well as other cabinet officials and lower level-individuals. They fear the authorities are seeking to “pass the buck” amongst each other, without truly dedicating the resources in finding truth and justice in the case.

    The families of the disappeared 43 and their legal representatives have had a series of meetings with officials from the Attorney General’s Office and Interior Ministry. Over the course of 22 months they have had meetings with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto as well as other cabinet officials and lower level-individuals. They fear the authorities are seeking to “pass the buck” amongst each other, without truly dedicating the resources in finding truth and justice in the case.

  • The need for truth, justice and locating the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students continues to galvanize other social movement to express their solidarity as well as continue to issue demands on behalf of their own struggles.

    The need for truth, justice and locating the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students continues to galvanize other social movement to express their solidarity as well as continue to issue demands on behalf of their own struggles. | Photo EFE

  • Many major streets of many of Mexico’s major cities are marked by tags and graffiti demanding justice in the Ayotzinapa case. Although a team of independent experts of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights made headway in their own investigation into what happened and where the 43 students may be, the Mexican authorities denied renewing that team’s mandate and thus little advances in the investigation have occurred.

    Many major streets of many of Mexico’s major cities are marked by tags and graffiti demanding justice in the Ayotzinapa case. Although a team of independent experts of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights made headway in their own investigation into what happened and where the 43 students may be, the Mexican authorities denied renewing that team’s mandate and thus little advances in the investigation have occurred.

  • Over the course of these two years, some of the families have tattooed the names of their children to their bodies, almost all have a blown-up photo, pin or t-shirt of their disappeared son nearby everyday and they all declare that they will keep on marching, protesting and demanding justice until it is served.

    Over the course of these two years, some of the families have tattooed the names of their children to their bodies, almost all have a blown-up photo, pin or t-shirt of their disappeared son nearby everyday and they all declare that they will keep on marching, protesting and demanding justice until it is served.

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    It's been two years since police in Iguala, Guerrero, Mexico attacked and disappeared 43 students from the Raul Isidro Burgos Ayotzinapa Teachers’ Training College. The families of the youth and their supporters once again took the main avenues in the Mexican capital to demand justice, truth and ultimately, the location of the students.

  • Many major streets of many of Mexico’s major cities are marked by tags and graffiti demanding justice in the Ayotzinapa case. Although a team of independent experts of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights made headway in their own investigation into what happened and where the 43 students may be, the Mexican authorities denied renewing that team’s mandate and thus little advances in the investigation have occurred.

    Many major streets of many of Mexico’s major cities are marked by tags and graffiti demanding justice in the Ayotzinapa case. Although a team of independent experts of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights made headway in their own investigation into what happened and where the 43 students may be, the Mexican authorities denied renewing that team’s mandate and thus little advances in the investigation have occurred.

  • Families of the 43 forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa students protest outside the Attorney General

    Families of the 43 forcibly disappeared Ayotzinapa students protest outside the Attorney General's office in Mexico City, May 26, 2016. | Photo EFE

  • Relatives hold up posters in support of 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college during a rally in Mexico City, Feb. 19, 2015.

    Relatives hold up posters in support of 43 disappeared students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training college during a rally in Mexico City, Feb. 19, 2015. | Photo Reuters

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