1.The Grupo Interdisciplinario de Expertos Independientes (GIEI) along with Ángela Buitrago and Claudia Paz experts apart of CIDH, Mexico’s Human Right’s Commission, convened on April 20th to investigate the case of Ayotzinapa. They presented major contributions in terms of defining how the case will continue in support of finding the truths through forensics and science evidence.
2. The Tribunal Electoral del Poder Judicial de la Federación (TEPJF) in Mexico determined that the Partido Verde Ecologista de México (PVEM) is responsible for the dissemination of messages via Twitter during the period of electoral ban; thus, punishment will ensue. With the decision, the TEPJF revoked the resolution of the Chamber Regional specialized of the Tribunal which had determined non-existent infringements attributed to the political Institute for the dissemination of propaganda through Twitter.
3.The U.N. General Assembly gathered on Tuesday to rethink global strategy in the war on narcotics for the first time in two decades as activists, U.N. officials and world leaders cited an international trend towards more liberal drug laws. President Enrique Peña Nieto was also quoted that he would ask the country’s congress to decriminalize personal possession of up to an ounce of marijuana, legalize its medical use, and shift public policy from prohibition to prevention of the drug’s consumption.
4. Twenty-four people died after a leak caused a deadly petrochemical plant blast at the Pemex petrochemical and Mexchem plastic producing plant in Veracruz this Thursday. The massive explosion at the facility’s chlorinate 3 plant also injured 136 people, 13 of them seriously. Another 18 people were unaccounted for, and one badly damaged part of the plant had yet to be scoured.