Mexico City, May 21, 2016

Government of Mexico meets with representatives of the 43 students of the “Raúl Isidro Burgos” school and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Today, following the meeting Foreign Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu held with family members of the 43 students of the “Raúl Isidro Burgos" school this past Thursday, May 19, a delegation from the Mexican government comprised of Miguel Ruiz Cabañas, Under Secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights; Roberto Campa, Under Secretary of Human Rights in the Ministry of the Interior; Eber Betanzos, Assistant Attorney General for Human Rights in the Attorney General’s Office; and Ambassador Luis Alfonso de Alba, Mexico’s Permanent Representative before the Organization of American States (OAS), met with representatives of the students’ families and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR). Also present were attorneys Mario E. Patrón and Humberto Guerrero, legal representatives of the families and Mr. Antonio Tizapa, the father of one of the students.

In the meeting, headed by the President and Country Director of the Commission, James Cavallaro, participants held a dialogue on the follow-up mechanism that will be implemented with regard to the cautionary measures placed on the case. The representatives of the Mexican government reiterated their willingness for the Commission, based on its regulatory faculties, to continue its work to monitor the conditions under which the cautionary measures proceed.

Accordingly, the parties agreed that the goal of the follow-up mechanism coordinated by the IACHR is to ensure compliance with the cautionary measures and that attention be paid to the recommendations emitted by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts, prioritizing the investigation into the case and assistance for the victims.

The parties also agreed that in the following days, after having conducted the corresponding queries, the details of the follow-up mechanism would be finalized. 

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