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Amnesty International collects signatures for justice

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 01:25

Signatures amassed from around the world to call for justice in the disappearance of 43 student teachers in Mexico. Julie Noce reports.

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A mural in Mexico City, blackened with the signatures of some 3400 people, stands as a tribute to the 43 student teachers who were abducted and feared murdered more than two months ago. Through their "if you sign it wont be forgotten" campaign, Amnesty International obtained more than 120,000 signatures from around the world to demand justice for the missing students. Executive Director, Perseo Quiroz. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MEXICO, PERSEO QUIROZ, SAYING: "Jail for the masterminds (is not enough). We have to investigate all the links there could be. All the public servants who by action or omission, are responsible for this unfortunate event as well as the other disappearances there have been in this country." Authorities have confirmed the identity of at least one of the missing teachers. A government investigation into the case says the teachers were abducted by corrupt police in the southern state of Iguala, then handed over to drug lords who murdered them. The handling of the case has drawn public criticism and prompted massive sometimes violent demonstrations. But the issue has also brought to light the country's serious problem of impunity and corruption and has posed the biggest crisis yet for President Enrique Pena Nieto since taking office in 2012. More than 100,000 people have been killed in gang related violence since 2007.

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Amnesty International collects signatures for justice

Thursday, December 11, 2014 - 01:25