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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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Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are Being Filed For The Victims Killed In The Florida Bridge Collapse

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Wrongful Death Lawsuits Are Being Filed For The Victims Killed In The Florida Bridge Collapse

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A lawsuit will be formally filed on behalf of two of the six victims who died following a collapse of a pedestrian bridge last Thursday near Florida International University. Alberto Arias, 53, and Osvaldo González, 57, were life partners and had been in a relationship for more than 20 years. Both were driving together in a white Chevy truck when the bridge collapsed on top of them, according to the Miami Herald.

The Herald reports lawyer Yesenia Collazo gave a press conference at her law office on behalf of the families of the two men, stating the wrongful death lawsuit will be filed after Arias and Gonzalez are buried together this week.

The bridge collapse claimed the lives of six victims in total, ranging from ages 18 to 60.

Alexa Duran, a student at FIU, was the youngest victim. She was driving from a doctor’s appointment while her best friend, Richard Humble, was in the passenger seat.

“Alexa, she wasn’t just my daughter. She was also my friend,” Orlando Duran, her father, told WSVN in an interview. 

Alexa was a political science major and had hopes of becoming both a writer and lawyer.

“I don’t think I’ll ever, ever be the same again, because my friend is not here anymore,” Duran told WSVN.

The three other victims are Brandon Brownfield, Navaro Brown, 37, and Rolando Fraga, 60.

The bridge was supposed to be the largest pedestrian bridge in the nation using the modular construction method, according to FIU. The main span of the bridge was assembled off-site, allowing traffic not to be disrupted during construction, Local10 reports.

Students at FIU gathered for a vigil on campus in remembrance of the victims. Members of the Alpha Xi Delta, a sorority Duran was a member of, sang in honor of Duran’s memory.

Local 10 reports the group walked to a makeshift memorial site where flowers and other items were placed in honor of the victims.


READ: Mourners In Brazil And Colombia Remembered The Chapecoense Players Killed In A Plane Crash Last Year

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