U.S. presses Mexico to make progress in missing students case

Relatives hold pictures of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College during a march in Mexico City to mark the one-year anniversary of their disappearance Oct. 26, 2015. (Carlos Jasso / Reuters)
Relatives hold pictures of some of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa College during a march in Mexico City to mark the one-year anniversary of their disappearance Oct. 26, 2015. (Carlos Jasso / Reuters)

By Michelle Mark / International Business Times

Mexico must make headway on human rights cases such as an incident involving 43 missing students last year, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations urged Thursday.

Ambassador Samantha Power met for three days with Mexico’s foreign minister, attorney general and citizen’s groups for judicial reform to discuss security cooperation.

“It is extremely important that progress be made on these cases, some of which are iconic cases but many of which are ones that never make the headlines,” Power said. “(If) resources are dedicated and accountability is achieved, that sends a really important signal.”

Prosecutors have alleged that municipal police in Iguala, Mexico, were responsible for kidnapping 43 college students and handing them over to a drug gang, which killed them and incinerated their remains at a landfill. But an independent group of experts found no proof after six months of investigating that the bodies had been cremated. The incident prompted international outrage and pressure from human rights groups on the Mexican government to launch a new investigation.

http://www.ibtimes.com/us-presses-mexico-make-progress-missing-students-case-2163145

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