Aug 24, 2012

Activists to take Mexico massacre case to World Court

EFE: Human rights defenders, clergymen and academics said they will petition the International Court of Justice to investigate the 2010 massacre of 72 mostly Central American migrants in San Fernando, a city in the northeastern Mexican state of Tamaulipas, amid persistent impunity in the case.

More than 30 activists gathered in Mexico City Tuesday to pay tribute to the 72 Honduran, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Ecuadorian and Brazilian migrants who were killed in that municipality in August 2010 by suspected members of the Los Zetas criminal gang.

The Zetas, a gang of special forces deserters turned outlaws that is regarded as Mexico's most violent drug cartel, apparently killed the migrants after they refused to work as couriers or enforcers.

During the ceremony at the offices of the Mexican Federal District's Human Rights Commission, Mexico City's ombud's office, the participants lamented that no steps have been taken to prosecute any federal, state or municipal authorities - whether civilians, police or military - whose actions or omissions contributed to the tragedy. Read more.

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