In reaction to media reports about the existence of audio recordings featuring members of criminal organizations in Mexico and the United States potentially involved in the forced disappearance of 43 students from Ayotzinapa in September 2014, Erika Guevara Rosas, Americas Director at Amnesty International, said:

“The revelation that the attack on the students and other individuals could have been orchestrated from the United States by members of organized crime should compel the Mexican authorities to finally abandon their discredited theory on the case and commit to a serious and prompt investigation into the events, including into all authorities who could have been involved in this horrific crime. It is time that the Attorney General’s Office revise its investigation and collect all the evidence available”.

“The information published today reinforces the findings of the investigation of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, which, since 2015, has emphasized the need to investigate the possible involvement of criminal groups involved in international illegal drug trafficking as a key element of the case. For three years the Attorney General’s office has failed to adequately pursue this line of investigation, in what appears to be yet another effort to conceal the obvious truth: that this case proves the existence of an extensive web of complicity involving authorities at all levels of the Mexican state, which has allowed human rights violations and crimes under international law to be committed”.

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