MEXICO CITY (AP) – Argentine forensic experts who have studied a dump in southern Mexico where government officials claim the bodies of 43 missing students were burned said Saturday that results from a new investigation of the site are incomplete and inconclusive. The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team released a statement saying the latest investigation by a team of experts "neither confirms nor denies" the official version of what happened to the students from the Rural Normal School at Ayotzinapa. The Argentines were called in shortly after the teachers' college students disappeared in Iguala in Guerrero state on Sept. 26, 2014. An investigation by Mexico's government concluded they were killed by a local drug gang after being confused with members of a rival group. They were purportedly taken by corrupt local police and handed over to the gang, which incinerated their bodies at a dump in the nearby town of Cocula and threw the remains into a river.
This post is part of Outward, Slate's home for coverage of LGBTQ life, thought, and culture. On Jan. 9, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ruled that Costa Rica, and 19 other Latin American and Caribbean countries, must recognize same-sex marriages. Following the ruling, evangelical extremist Fabricio Alvarado Muñoz launched an anti-LGBTQ, anti-IACHR campaign that catapulted him from obscurity into the lead. Pitted against him: Carlos Alvarado Quesada, who backed the IACHR and declared his support for marriage equality. Polls leading up to the general election showed Alvarado Muñoz ahead or, at best, in a tie.
Washington – The wife of imprisoned Mexican drug lord Joaquín "Chapo" Guzmán on Thursday urged the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States to visit him in prison and put a halt to what she described as the life-threatening "psychological torture" he is experiencing behind bars. Emma Coronel paid a one-and-a-half-hour visit to the IACHR's headquarters in Washington, where she met with members of that body's Protection Group to review the status of her petition for cautionary measures. She said in a petition filed on May 11 that her husband's life was in danger, and on Thursday delivered the IACHR officials additional documents, including a report from a physician who says Guzmán is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. "All of this is for his health, and to stop the psychological torture they're inflicting on him," Coronel said. She added that the petition was not seeking to impede her husband's extradition to the United States, where he is wanted in several states for drug trafficking, weapons possession, homicide and money laundering, among other crimes.
A panel of international experts investigating the disappearance of 43 Mexican trainee teachers in 2014 says the government of President Enrique Pena Neto has hampered its inquiries. In its scathing final report, the experts also dismissed the conclusions of the official inquiry. They said officials failed to pursue the investigative lines they suggested. The case provoked outrage in Mexico, leading to street protests against perceived impunity. "The delays in obtaining evidence that could be used to figure out possible lines of investigation translates into a decision (to allow) impunity," said the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) in its report.
BOGOTA – Killings and violence against LGBT people in Central America are driving hundreds to flee their homes each year, but they have no safe sanctuary to run to, Amnesty International said on Monday. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are being forced to leave El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala to escape "epidemic levels of violence" and threats by criminal gangs and security forces, the rights group said in a report. "People are facing vicious discrimination in Central America due to their gender identities, and have absolutely nowhere to run for safety," Erika Guevara-Rosas, Americas director at Amnesty International said in a statement. "Terrorized at home, and abused while trying to seek sanctuary abroad, they are now some of the most vulnerable refugees in the Americas." El Salvador and Honduras have some of the world's highest murder rates, and LGBT people are particularly vulnerable to macho, powerful gangs who control entire city neighborhoods.