Forensic anthropologists publish report on Cocula garbage dump

43 Missing

43 Missing

* The objective is to encourage scientific and informed debate about the students’ whereabouts

By: José Antonio Román

The Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF, its initials in Spanish) decided to place at the disposition of public opinion the entire report of the expert tests done on the garbage dump in Cocula, Guerrero. The report concludes that: “it’s not possible” that the 43 disappeared Ayotzinapa students were incinerated and executed in that place.

Although the EAAF doesn’t usually publish its work completely, on this occasion it pointed out that the decision seeks “to generate scientific and informed debate” about the acts that occurred on September 26 and 27, 2014 in Iguala, and the disappearance of the young students.

In this way, the judgments of this Argentine team are public and that carried out by the Peruvian expert José Torero, published by the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI); consequently only the complete publication of the experts from the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR) remain pending and, especially, the report that contains the judgment that the panel of specialists in fire would have recently formalized, announced by its spokesperson Ricardo Damián Torres last this month (April 2016).

“The publication of all the judgments and technical opinions will permit an open discussion among experts for the benefit of the investigation that occupies us. Only transparency and scientific discussion will permit comprehending the findings in the Cocula garbage dump,” it points out in a communiqué diffused by the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center, one of the instances that represent the parents of the 43 disappeared students.

The work carried out by the recognized Argentine team took more than a year of independent scientific work on the physical evidence collected and analyzed from the garbage dump, in which a group of 26 specialists in archaeology, anthropology, criminalistics, entomology and forensic botany, ballistics, fire dynamics, interpretation of satellite images, forensic dentistry, genetics and bone trauma participated. These specialists are from Argentina, Mexico, United States, Colombia, Uruguay and Canada.


Originally Published in Spanish by La Jornada

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Re-Published with English interpretation by the Chiapas Support Committee



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