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On 6 July, in the context of the 163rd period of sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights in Peru, members of the Miguel Agustin Pro Juarez Human Rights Center (PRODH) and the Tlachinollan Human Rights Center, as well as families and representatives of the 43 students of the Normal School of Ayotzinapa who disappeared in September 2014, participated in a session about the special mechanism to monitor the case.

During the session, the delegation from the Mexican State provided information about advances in the investigation of the case, which was considered “intransparent” by family members and representatives of the disappeared youth, who also pointed out that there was a lack of will to discover the truth in the case.

During the session, Commissioner Paulo Baluchi read an article about another possible clue regarding the whereabouts of the students. The night of the events, in September 2014, some 20 students may have been taken by an organized crime group to La Gavia, a town located south of San Miguel Totolapan, in the region on Guerrero called Tierra Caliente.

Vidulfo Rosales, a lawyer from Tlachinollan for the Ayotzinapa case asked the PGR to open a new line of investigation to add to the four lines of investigation that were already recommended by the Inter-Disciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI).

It is important to highlight that during the same session, Commissioner James Cavallaro from the IACHR commented that the GIEI had received similar messages that others have received with links for spy programs, a case that has generated concern by national and international actors and international organizations, who have concluded that this could mean that Mexican and International human rights defenders as well as families searching for justice have been under surveillance.