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Parliamentary Questions on the international investigation regarding missing students in Mexico

On September 10, Marietje Schaake submitted to Vice-President / High Representative of Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini, Parliamentary Written Questions on the international investigation regarding missing students in Mexico. Authors: Marietje Schaake, Nils Torvalds, Jozo Rados, Hilde Vautmans, Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Beatriz Becerra, Petras Austrevicius, Ivan Jakovcic, Fernando Maura, Ivo Vajgl, Urmas Paet, Matthijs van Miltenburg, Petr Jezek, Sopie in 't Veld, Dita Charanzova, Javier Nart, Pavel Telicka, Charles Goerens, Hannu Takkula, Juan-Carlos Girauta Vidal, Maite Pagazaurtundua, José Inácio Faria Subject: Internationalinvestigation regarding missing students Mexico  In October 2014, the European Parliament in an urgency resolution urged the Commission to take several actions in response to the case of the 43 students that went missing in Iguala, Mexico (1). An international committee of experts, appointed by the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights, announced on 6 September 2015 that there is no evidence to support the Mexican government's conclusion that the students were executed and their bodies burned by a drug gang. The report's conclusions (2) are a sharp reprimand to the government and its authorities. The report finds that the brutal actions show the extent of impunity in which the state security forces acted along with organized crime (3). 1. Does the VP/HR share the grave concern and the serious questions that can be read in the report of the independent experts? Does she agree the findings expose systematic problems? 2. Within the framework of EU-Mexico bilateral cooperation, what actions have the VP/HR and/or the EEAS undertaken to follow-up on the investigation, including during the EU-Mexico summit of 12 June 2015 and the High-Level Dialogue on Human Rights of 16 April 2015? 3. Given the findings of the recent report, what steps will the VP/HR and/or the EEAS take to ensure the truth is uncovered, and justice is served? 1- 2- 3-