The human rights situation in Mexico has deteriorated remarkably. The war against drugs has had a critical effect on the increase in violence generated by criminal groups, but also in crimes committed by state forces. Despite the fact that the Mexican government, acknowledging this situation, has taken measures to deal with it, the reality is that human rights violations and the lack of an adequate response by the judiciary remain the rule rather than the exception.
This is the context in which, on the night of September, 26, 2014, forty-three students disappeared from the rural teacher training college Raúl Isidro Burgos in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero. Although this was neither the first nor the last case of disappeared persons in Mexico, their sheer number, the fact that they were students, the involvement of state forces at different levels, and the persistence of the victims’ family members converged to trigger national and international public indignation.
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