The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) called on the Mexican authorities to continue the search for the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa Students.
In a Thursday morning press conference, the 5 member team declared that the case needs to be considered one of “enforced disappearance,” therefore obligating the authorities to maintain a search that was deemed concluded by the Attorney General’s office in January.
The team, which arrived in Mexico on March 1 to begin its own independent investigation of the case, has recommended that the Mexican authorities not only continue the search of the youth, but also continue with the criminal investigation, provide greater victim care, and put forth public policies that strike at the roots of enforced disappearances.
Although one hundred individuals were detained in connection with the attack and disappearance by police in Iguala, Guerrero in September, no formal charges have been brought forth.
The authorities have maintained that they are willing to support the IACHR’s investigation, however they continue to insist that the 43 students were ultimately executed and incinerated by the organized crime group Guerreros Unidos, suspected of also participating in the youth’s disappearance.
The group of IACHR experts are to return to Mexico in early April and meet with president Enrique Peña Nieto and his cabinet to verify if their recommendations are being implemented.