WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
13 Jul 2016 | Commentary

Ayotzinapa Case: Negotiations between Mexico and the Inter-American Commission Continue

WOLA and 11 organizations demand a strong mechanism to follow-up on the case

In a public letter to Mexican President Peña Nieto, WOLA and eleven international and regional human rights organizations urged the Mexican government to create an effective mechanism to follow up on the investigation of the enforced disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa students. In the context of the current discussions between the Mexican State, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the students’ families, the human rights organizations requested that a mechanism with the terms proposed by the IACHR is established.

The letter describes the terms that the mechanism should include, such as: 1) a mandate to provide follow-up to all of the Group of Experts recommendations from its two reports and to the IACHR’s precautionary measures; 2) a full-time operational team of at least two people who are able to enter and be present in Mexico without time restrictions; 3) periodic visits by the IACHR; 4) the dissemination of informational updates; and 5) full access to case information granted to the mechanism’s team and the IACHR.

In addition to WOLA, the letter was signed by the following organizations: Amnesty International; Peace Brigades International (PBI); Centro de Estudios de Derecho, Justicia y Sociedad (Dejusticia); Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS); Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL); Conectas Direitos Humanos; Due Process of Law Foundation (DPLF); Latin America Working Group (LAWGEF); JASS (Just Associates); Open Society Justice Initiative; and Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

Click here to read the full letter (available in Spanish only).