30,000+
MISSING
IN MEXICO

43 Student Teachers and 30,000+ Others Missing in Mexico. Urge Mexico to find them and halt an epidemic of torture and disappearances.

Call on Mexico’s President to find the missing and stop the torture

URGE MEXICO TO FIND THEM AND HALT AN EPIDEMIC OF TORTURE AND DISAPPEARANCES

On September 27, 2014, the tortured body of student Julio César Mondragón, was found.

Hours before, on the evening of September 26, Julio César and other students from a teacher-training college in Ayotzinapa were on their way to a protest when local police opened fire on them. Six people were killed and others badly injured. Eyewitnesses saw police take 43 students away. They have not been seen since.

The families and classmates of the Ayotzinapa students, along with Mexicans from all walks of life, have courageously taken to the streets in the hundreds of thousands to call for action. The protests are fuelled by the terrible knowledge that what was done to the students of Ayotzinapa is only the tip of a horrifying iceberg.

MORE THAN 30,000 PEOPLE
ARE REPORTED DISAPPEARED
OR MISSING IN MEXICO

More than 30,000 people are reported disappeared or missing in Mexico, almost half of them during the current government of President Peña Nieto. The few victims of disappearances and abductions whose remains have been found have displayed evidence of torture. Indeed, torture is out of control with a 600% rise in reported cases in the past decade.

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REPORT: Mexico: Gross incompetence and inertia fuels disappearances epidemic

 
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Dear President Peña Nieto,

I write to express outrage over the
September 2014 police action which resulted in the torture and murder of Julio
César Mondragón, and the enforced disappearance of 43 other students from the Escuela
Normal Rural Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa.



It is deeply worrying that this is no
isolated case. Respected Mexican and international human rights organizations
have documented a massive increase in reports of torture and ill treatment, as
well as enforced disappearances by police and military, sometimes acting in
collusion with criminal gangs.  The few
victims of disappearances and abductions whose remains have been found have
displayed evidence of torture and other ill-treatment.



I appeal to you to reverse a shameful legacy of turning a blind eye to thousands upon thousands of disappearances and allowing the perpetrators to escape justice.



I call on you to:



-         - Bring
to justice all those responsible for the torture, killing and enforced
disappearance of Julio César Mondragón and other teacher-training students of
Ayotzinapa, including the perpetrators as well as the government officials
whose acts of negligence or complicity provided a green light



-          - Acknowledge
that this is no isolated case but symptomatic of a human rights crisis that
must be addressed



-          - Uphold
your 2012 commitment to eradicate torture and ill-treatment and protect the
human rights of all detainees

 




Sincerely,




 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
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