PMPJ Ayotzinapa Statement

Justice for the 43 Forcibly Disappeared Ayotzinapa Students in Mexico
Justice for all victims of forced disappearance everywhere

The People’s Movement for Peace and Justice (PMPJ) demands that the Mexican military make available to the mothers and fathers of Ayotzinapa and to the public all information regarding the disappearance of the 43 Ayotzinapa Rural School students, which took place on September 26, 2014.

As a binational coalition made up of migrant, Indigenous, Black and Afro-descendant groups, victims of violence, and diverse community leaders, we understand that the disappearance and lack of justice for the 43 young Indigenous students  would never have been committed against students from an exclusive, privileged university. We know that if such an event had happened, the government response would have been strikingly different. We are well-aware that the Ayotzinapa tragedy reflects the vulnerabilities and structural violence that Mexico’s poor, Indigenous, and other marginalized communities have had to endure for far too long.

It is now well-established (as evinced by messages that were intercepted by the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), subsequently shared with the Mexican Government, and, more recently, leaked to the media) that organized crime, the Mexican military, and the Mexican government were aware of the kidnappings of the students as they took place and that they engaged in efforts to obfuscate the truth. They undoubtedly thought that no one would care, but they were absolutely wrong.

The disappearance of the Ayotzinapa 43 has aroused the indignation of all of Mexico and the world and brought to light the complicity of Mexican state authorities and organized crime. It is unacceptable that, to this day, the search for the 43 Indigenous students has been undermined and neglected.

We demand the release of all information in the hands of the Mexican military and other government institutions that is in any way related to the Ayotzinapa case, and we do so in the critical period of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s final year in office.

As long as the Ayotzinapa case is treated with impunity, we cannot ensure that such a tragedy will not be repeated. As long as the case remains unresolved, there will be a thirst for justice and a void in the hearts of the People in Mexico.

Alive they took them away, alive we want them back!




  • Black Co-Networks for Peace and Justice (PMPJ)
  • Indigenous and Natives Peoples Constituent Platform (PMPJ)
  • Monthly binational roundtable on migration and Human Rights
  • Binational Network for gun violence prevention and gun violence survivors


  • Black Lives Matter-YYC


  • Children’s Rights Institutional Observatory (CIPRODENI)


  • Black Fraternal Organization of Honduras


  • Academic Group for Transnational Processes BUAP CA 230
  • Afrodescendant Women’s Network CDMX
  • Afrodescendant Youth Network of Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Afro-Mexican Youth National Network
  • Afro-Mexican Community of Temixco, Morelos
  • Afropoderosas
  • Americas Program AMERICAS:ORG
  • Attention Center for Indigenous Migrant Families (CAFAMI)
  • Benemérita Autonomous Universidad–Puebla
  • Casa Tochan
  • Casa Nyahbinghi México
  • Casa Tecmilco
  • Center for Ecumenical Studies, AC
  • Exodus Center for Migrant Attention
  • Mothers and Fathers of the Ayotzinapa 41
  • Hospitalidad y Solidaridad, AC
  • Huella Negra
  • José María Morelos and Pavón Regional Center for the Defense of Human Rights
  • Justice for the Forcibly Disappeared A.C. Querétaro
  • International Peace Service (SIPAZ)
  • LV Advocacy and Arts for the Rights of Women, A.C. (Las Vanders)
  • Mano Amiga Collective of Costa Chica
  • Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights (CMDPDH)
  • México negro AC
  • Native Peoples in Resistance (MOTO CHIAPAS)
  • Network of Women from Native and Afrodescendant Communities (REMIAC)
  • Mujeres Afrodescendientes CDMX (Afro Descendant Women)
  • Puebla Region Citizens’ Initiative
  • RIA Institute
  • Tembembe Center for Afro-Mexican Studies


  • Inter-University Network for Peace
  • Kavilando Press and Research group


  • Black Lives Matter–South Bend
  • Change the Ref
  • Collective of Autonomous Coastal Communities and Organizations
  • Council of Native Peoples (NYC)
  • Friends of Latin America
  • Global Exchange
  • Hacer las Paces (Making the Peace)
  • International Tribunal of Peoples’ Conscious in Movement
  • Lila LGBTQ Inc.
  • Mexico Solidarity Project
  • Migrant and Minorities Alliance
  • Migrants and Minorities Alliance
  • National Lawyers’ Guild- SF Bay Area chapter
  • Newtown Alliance
  • North American Indigenous Center of the New York
  • San Francisco Living Wage Coalition
  • Transnational Peoples Network (RPT)
  • Witness at the Border