International Organisations urge Mexican authorities to guarantee the security and integrity of relatives of the disappeared students of Ayotzinapa
March 26: Several international organizations express deep concern regarding recent reports according to which, members of the Tlachinollan Human Rights Centre, as well as other human rights organisations and the families and friends of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, continue to suffer security incidents, putting their physical and psychological integrity at risk.
According to World Organisation against Torture (OMCT), over the past months, they have been the target of defamatory articles or statements in the media and by authorities from the state of Guerrero which have tried to link them to subversive groups.
Similarly, acts of aggression, regular surveillance and intimidation by different state security forces during their peaceful protests have been reported by the families and the human rights defenders who accompany them. These events are part of a broader context of increased restrictions on the right to protest and freedom of expression in Mexico.
In this context, the signing organizations urge the Mexican state to take all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of the human rights defenders involved in the case as well as the family members of the 43 disappeared students, permitting them to continue in their fight for justice and against impunity.
It also asked to continue to investigate the events that occurred in Iguala on 26 – 27 September, establishing with conclusive scientific proof, the whereabouts of the disappeared students, as well as establishing the alleged involvement of the authorities at all levels in these incidents and the chain of command of such authorities.
As it is public knowledge, in February 2015, the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances highlighted the numerous cases and reports it has received which described threats and attacks against relatives of disappeared persons and human rights defenders working on this issue. The UN has furthermore highlighted the persistent climate of violence, hostility and insecurity in which human rights defenders work in Mexico.
The Oslo Times