Weekly Report - 25 August 2022 (WR-22-34)

MEXICO: Breakthrough in Ayotzinapa case – but how big?

Upon taking office in December 2018, one of the first official acts by Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was to establish a truth commission tasked with investigating the infamous 2014 abduction and presumed murder of 43 trainee teachers in the southern state of Guerrero. On 18 August, the commission delivered its report on the ‘Ayotzinapa massacre’, designating the incident as a state-sponsored crime and implicating public officials in the case and its cover-up. A few days later, the case saw its first high-level arrest – that of the former attorney general, Jesús Murillo Karam (2012-2015) - indicating that the wheels of justice may finally be beginning to turn on one of Mexico’s most notorious cases of human rights abuses.

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