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Unpublished Paper
“Ya me canse”: How the Iguala Mass Kidnapping Demonstrates Mexico’s Continued Failure to Adhere to its International Human Rights Obligations
ExpressO (2015)
  • Justin A. Behravesh, California Western School of Law
Abstract

This article addresses the recent kidnapping and disappearance of forty-three college students from Iguala, Mexico (the “Iguala Mass Kidnapping”), under the lens of the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (the “Convention”). While Mexico’s reporting documents on its compliance with the Convention paint a positive picture of how that country is adhering to Convention, any notion that the country was in compliance with the Convention was completely shattered through the Iguala Mass Kidnapping. The article concludes that the actions of state officials during the Iguala Mass Kidnapping violated articles one, six, and twenty-three of the Convention, and sets forth three steps that Mexico’s government can take in the present moment to indicate its willingness to meet to its obligations under the Convention: 1) prosecute state officials involved in the Iguala Mass Kidnapping under Mexico’s Federal Criminal Code, 2) change state and federal legislative definitions of “enforced disappearance” to align with the definition in the Convention, and 3) implement a national training program for all government officials to prevent future enforced disappearances.

Keywords
  • Mexico,
  • Mexican,
  • International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,
  • Convention,
  • Enforced,
  • Disappearance,
  • United Nations,
  • Human Rights,
  • International,
  • Human Rights Council,
  • Iguala Mass Kidnapping,
  • Iguala,
  • Guerrero,
  • Abarca,
  • Pineda Villa,
  • Karam,
  • Ayotzinapa,
  • Guerreros Unidos,
  • Working Group,
  • Federal Criminal Code,
  • Comparative,
  • Foreign
Publication Date
March 29, 2015
Citation Information
Justin A. Behravesh. "“Ya me canse”: How the Iguala Mass Kidnapping Demonstrates Mexico’s Continued Failure to Adhere to its International Human Rights Obligations" ExpressO (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/justin_behravesh/2/