The Open Society Justice Initiative, the Due Process of Law Foundation, and the Washington Office on Latin America present a discussion with Carlos Beristain about his new book, El Tiempo de Ayotzinapa (The Time of Ayotzinapa).
Beristain was one of five members of the Interdisciplinary Group of International Experts (GIEI), set up by the Interamerican Commission on Human Rights to support Mexico's investigation of the disappearance of 43 students in the state of Guerrero in September, 2014. The book provides a first-hand account of a unprecedented effort by the international community to support a domestic judicial investigation—and of the political and operational challenges the GIEI faced in delivering what was ultimately a highly critical account of the official Mexican investigation.
- Juan Mendez is the former UN special rapporteur on torture.
- Carlos Beristain is the author of El Tiempo de Ayotzinapa.
- María Luisa Aguila Rodríguez of the Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center (Center Prodh).
- Maureen Meyer is senior associate for Mexico and migrant rights for the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA).
- Katya Salazar is executive director of Due Process of Law Foundation.
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