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 33,000 PEOPLE
ARE REPORTED DISAPPEARED
OR MISSING IN MEXICO
More than 33,000 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.
REPORT: Mexico: Gross incompetence and inertia fuels disappearances epidemic