VICE NEWS — International experts reviewing one of Mexico’s most notorious crimes have accused parts of the Mexican government and its sympathizers of trying to block advances in the investigation and orchestrating a smear campaign against them.
The five members of an experts’ committee convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to keep an eye on the government’s investigation into the kidnapping of 43 students in September 2014, made the allegations at a press conference on Wednesday.
“There are sectors who want to block the investigation, center all the discussion on the garbage dump, break up the file, ignore different lines of inquiry, and even try to close the case,” the experts said in a statement that they read out at the conference. “We have alerted Mexico’s highest authorities of the necessary structural changes, including a change of mentalities.”
The press conference also included the accusation of a smear campaign at a time when an onslaught of unflattering information about the IACHR experts has spilled into the Mexican media. A battery of stories have questioned the experts’ competence, and even alleged inappropriate acts, such as mismanaging public money.
The rising tension comes within a broader souring of relations between the government and human rights organizations.
The United Nations High Commission on Human rights issued a statement on Wednesday condemning “a stigmatization campaign that attempts to undermine those that work as promoters of fundamental freedoms in the country.” The Commission demanded that the Mexican government “counter” the attacks.
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