Missing students: Independent report dismissed Mexican government's account

  • An independent report has rejected the Mexican government's claim that 43 students who went missing last year were incinerated at a landfill in Guerrero state by a criminal gang.

  • The report, commissioned by the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights, says that the official account is contracted by physical evidence and 'hinges on coerced witness testimony'. 

  • On Twitter, Mexican President Pena Nieto thanked the panel who compiled the report and authorities would investigate the findings. 

Even with the world watching and with substantial resources at hand, the authorities proved unable or unwilling to conduct a serious investigation.
— José Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch