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AI criticizes investigations on massacre

Liliana Alcántara| El Universal
14:44Friday 10 October 2014

The army and local authorities are conducting the exhumation of the bodies. (Photo: Archive/EL UNIVERSAL )

There is no cooperation with the investigators and an environment of hostility persists against the families of the victims.

Amnesty International (AI) expressed that the investigations to find the missing students of Ayotzinapa is deficient, chaotic and it is developing in a hostile environment for foreign experts and the relatives of the victims.

AI expressed that the Argentinean forensic team requested by the families of the students has been unable to get to the mass graves in order to begin its work.

“If the federal government is true to its promises of a far reaching investigation, basic measures like this should be assured from the start,” expressed Perseo Quiroz, executive director of Amnesty International Mexico.

He added that the work done by agents of the state of Guerrero on the exhumation of the bodies found in the six graves found previously is deficient, and that will affect the identification process.

“It is essential that the international experts have immediate and unlimited access to all the forensic investigations being conducted in relation to these facts. This is the only way that families and society will trust on the forensic processes,” he said.

The families of the missing students denounced before AI that there is a lack of sensibility, courtesy and respect towards them by the state agents in charge of the investigations.

Quiroz expressed that these actions aggravate the human rights violations afflicting the families and discourages them from looking for an immediate search and justice for the victims.