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.