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OHCHR calls Mexico to ensure effective follow-up Guerrero Case.

MEXICO CITY (CyHAN)- The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) called on the government of Mexico to ensure effective follow-up to the case of the enforced disappearance in Iguala, in Guerrero State, of 43 students from a teacher-training college, and the killing of six others in 2014.

The case has recently been in the news after a report of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (IGIE) in Mexico, released last Sunday, argued that authorities had put up roadblocks in the investigation to determine the fate of the victims.

Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) told media in Geneva "the Iguala case received huge attention, not just in Mexico itself but all across the world, and became a test case of the authorities' willingness and ability to tackle violent crime and corruption." He added "High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein stressed during his mission to Mexico last October, it is very important that the Government acts decisively on the IGIE's recommendations."

The IGIE Group, which was appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and invited by the Mexican Government to follow up on the investigation of the case, published an extensive 605-pages report. Colville said that UN human rights experts were "concerned about the many challenges and obstacles reported by the experts that may have prevented certain lines of inquiries from being further explored, including regarding the roles and responsibilities of the military and other official authorities."

The UN Office for Human Rights (OHCHR) welcomed the willingness expressed by the President of Mexico and the Attorney-General's Office to take into serious consideration the Group's recommendations and urged them to fully explore the new lines of inquiry suggested by the Group, and to strengthen the investigations into this emblematic case.

The OHCHR spokesperson also said that they encouraged the Government "to engage with the follow-up mechanism that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has announced that it will establish. The Iguala case shows the crucial role that international cooperation can play in helping States to fight impunity for serious human rights violations."

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STORY: GENEVA / MEXICO HUMAN RIGHTS

SOURCE: UNTV CH

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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 26 APRIL 2016 GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

"The Iguala case received huge attention, not just in Mexico itself but all across the world, and became a test case of the authorities' willingness and ability to tackle violent crime and corruption. As High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein stressed during his mission to Mexico last October, it is very important that the Government acts decisively on the IGIE's recommendations."

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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

"We are, however, concerned about the many challenges and obstacles reported by the experts that may have prevented certain lines of inquiries from being further explored, including regarding the roles and responsibilities of the military and other official authorities."

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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Rupert Colville, Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR):

"We also encourage the Government to engage with the follow-up mechanism that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has announced it will establish. The Guerroro case shows the crucial role that international cooperation can play in helping States to fight impunity for serious human rights violations."

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