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Parents of 43 Missing Students Rally in the U.S.

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Five months after the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico, 12 parents have gathered to seek support for their cause in the U.S. The three-part, 30-stop Ayotzinapa Caravan made it’s first appearance on March 16, at a panel in San Antonio and rallied to the Mexican Consulate in Austin.

Over 160 groups throughout the nation including Alabama, Michigan and New York are preparing to to welcome the parents and their advocates to help inform and demand that investigations continue until justice is served. Felipe de la Cruz, one of the tour organizers and father of one of the missing students, announced they expect to meet with representatives of human rights groups and politicians.

After completing their three separate routes along both coasts and central states, all three caravans will meet in Washington, D.C. and end the tour in New York City on March 20.

Follow the tour at or via social media at #Caravana43.

International Figures Are Questioning The Interviews Conducted By Mexican Officials In The Ayotzinapa Missing 43 Case

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International Figures Are Questioning The Interviews Conducted By Mexican Officials In The Ayotzinapa Missing 43 Case

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It’s been almost four years since 43 Mexican college students were kidnapped in the town of Iguala in Guerrero, Mexico. Mexican authorities have been working to uncover facts about the crime that took place on September 26, 2014. Now, we’re getting a clear picture as to how some of these revelations were made.

According to a report by the United Nations, Mexican authorities were able to gather information about what took place that night through means of torture.

“The findings of the report point to a pattern of committing, tolerating and covering up torture in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said.

The findings by the U.N. was published in a report titled “Double Injustice – Human rights violations in the investigation of the Ayotzinapa case.”

“This not only violates the rights of the detainees, but also the right to justice and to truth for the victims of the events of September 2014, their families, and for society as a whole,” Zeid said, according to the U.N.

Witnesses and suspects were allegedly tortured in order to obtain information and/or confessions. U.N. officials are questioning how much of that information is accurate.

“Ayotzinapa is a test case of the Mexican authorities’ willingness and ability to tackle serious human rights violations,” Zeid said, according to the U.N.

“You cannot resolve a serious human rights violation with other violations,” Mexico’s U.N. representative said.

According to the Associated Press, the U.N. is asking for some of the material and information gathered to be dismissed because it was obtained unlawfully.

The U.N. points to a suspect in the case who was allegedly tortured by means of “electric shocks, beatings and suffocation as well as threats that his wife and daughters would be raped and killed.”

About the report, Mexico Attorney General’s Office said that the information they’ve received for the kidnapping and murder of these students will lead to 30 more arrests.

READ: Mass Graves Discovered in Mexico, Families of 43 Ayotzinapa Students Want Answers

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The 9 Things Latinos Want to See Happen in 2016

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The 9 Things Latinos Want to See Happen in 2016

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2015 was a CRAZY year. From Donald Trump joining the presidential race to Selena getting an entire festival devoted to her music, and more. But we aren’t there yet. There are so many things we still need to see happen. 2016, we’re hoping you follow through. Here’s what we need:

A REAL taco emoji…

This Taco Bell taco is cute and all, but it isn’t a LEGIT taco so try again. Thx.

Our Latino parents still have curfews for us, whether you live at home or not. This needs to change.

You know that late night text mami sends to make sure you are home and safe…even if you live in a different country.

READ: Apple Finally Released the Long-Awaited #TacoEmoji and Twitter is Divided

Tapatío needs to be as readily available at restaurants as ketchup.

Getting ready for #taco night with @biffarro @sadieannj @thomas_charlton ? #tapatio ??

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It’s an offense that there are over 54 million Latinos living in the US and we still have to sneak Tapatío bottles into restaurants.

We need this question banned.

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It was a no yesterday, and the week before that, and all of 2015 was a NO. Why keep asking?

Anybody out there going to spearhead instant taco delivery this year?

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Or how about a taco truck that actually delivers. A parked truck doesn’t do much for me.

READ: A Year Has Passed Since the Ayotzinapa 43 Went Missing, and These People Are Still Marching the Streets of Mexico

It’s time for Selena Quintanilla, a.k.a. La Reina, to get a damn star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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If people are still grooving to “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “Como La Flor” all these years later, it’s time to recognize her as the cultural powerhouse we all know she is.

It would be so awesome for politicians to finally decide on immigration reform.

These are people’s lives you are messing with. It’s time to stop making millions of families live in limbo. Decide already.

Now that Mexico captured El Chapo, can we start looking for the missing 43 Ayotzinapa students?

It’s seriously about time for the Mexican government to pony up and either find the students or admit something is terribly wrong.

READ: L.A. Latinos Give Trump a Piece of Their Mind

And, biggest of all, can this man finally tell us that this has all been a joke for publicity?

What is our President doing?

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Because no one in the world is going to take us seriously if we let him get into the White House.

What do you want to see happen in 2016? Share this story with your friends and get your 2016 wishlist together!

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