Source: Flickr / Isabel Sanginés - SOMOSELMEDIO (creative commons)
Source: Flickr / Isabel Sanginés - SOMOSELMEDIO (creative commons)

Mexico: global campaign demands justice for 43 missing Mexican students

published 13 August 2017 updated 18 August 2017

A global campaign marking three years since the forced disappearance of 43 teacher students in Mexico is again calling for an investigation, reparation and justice.

For three years, the families of the disappeared, private citizens and the international community, including education unions and human rights organisations, have demanded and continue to demand justice for the 43.

On September 26th, 2014, students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers' College gathered to head to Mexico City  to attend the commemoration of the anniversary of the 1968 Tlatelolco Massacre, where an estimated 300 to 400 students and civilians were killed by military in police to suppress political opposition. On their journey, the students from Ayotzinapa were stopped, arrested and 43 were never seen or heard from again.

“Finding the students is not a matter of knowledge, or resources, but of political will”, said Fred van Leeuwen, General Secretary of Education International (EI). “The authorities have to allow and support a thorough and independent investigation of the event and restore the dignity to 43 mourning families”.

On the occasion of the third anniversary of their disappearance, EI is launching a global campaign to demand justice and a thorough and independent investigation.

To support the campaign by adding your voice to call for the truth, please click here.