Mexico urged to step up efforts to find missing students

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Ravina Shamdasani, UN Human Rights spokesperson (video capture)

The continued disappearance of students from the town of Iguala in Mexico's Guerrero state has raised the concern of the UN human rights office.

Forty-three students were last seen in the town a month ago being taken by the municipal police.

During the operation, the UN says 6 people were killed, including a 15 year old and a student, and 17 others were injured.

Ravina Shamdasani is a spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

"Fifty-two people had been arrested in connection with the students’ disappearance, including at least 36 local police officers, and security forces. Investigators and technical resources had been deployed to Iguala and the region. Ministry of Interior and the Attorney General had established a direct dialogue with families, students and NGOs. OHCHR commended the establishment by the Federal Congress of a Special Commission to follow up on the investigation. OHCHR regretted that those mechanisms had not yet been successful in finding the missing students and urged the authorities to step up their efforts to find them.”

Ms Shamdasani said her office has also expressed concern about the presence of 9 mass graves near Iguala.

She called on the Mexican authorities to promptly carry out impartial investigations on the matter and bring those responsible to justice.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:   1’16″

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