International Association of People's Lawyers

Statement On Deadly Violence Against Students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico


29 September 2014

The Mexican Association of People’s Lawyers (AMAP by its acronym in Spanish) considers the Mexican State responsible for the crimes against humanity, based on the events in Ayotzinapa, namely  the aggression against the students of the Normal Rural College, “Raúl Isidro Burgos”, in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero State; the extrajudicial execution of six of them; the detention and subsequent disappearance of another 43  of them on Friday night of September 26, 2014 and on the dawn of Saturday September 27.

Involved in the violent operations were local police from the municipalities of Iguala and Cocula, in coordination with the  criminal group Guerreros Unidos, led by Salomón Pineda Villa, the brother-in -law of  Iguala’s ex-Mayor, and members of the 27th Infantry Battalion of the Mexican Army,  headquarters of which is located a few blocks away from the place in which these events took place.

These aggressions against students violate, in addition to other legal codes, the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, rules ratified by Mexico. These crimes were committed as part of a systematic and established structural police body, contributing to the decomposition of the Mexican legal system. Furthermore, these events truncate the society’s aspirations for justice as those who should promote, defend and care for justice are the very perpetrators of these crimes.

Therefore we demand:
The full and immediate investigation of the facts, establishing the corresponding punishment to the intellectual and material authors of such events, timely and accurate information to civil society aggrieved by these events, full reparation to the victims, guaranteeing the principle of non-repetition of such acts and full compliance with the international commitments of the human rights and collective rights of the people who have signed our country into the international context and immediate reforms with a human rights approach to our Constitution, as well as creating a culture of responsibility in such matters in our country.