Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mother of Missing Mexican Student Wants Canada to Push for Justice

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Mother of Missing Mexican Student Wants Canada to Push for Justice

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Mexican mom seeks justice for missing son

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OTTAWA - The mother of one of 43 missing Mexican students who vanished last fall is in Canada to seek the federal government's help in pressuring Mexico for answers.

Hilda Legideno Vargas's 20 year-old-son disappeared in Mexico, likely at the hands of drug cartels, in a case that human rights groups say the Mexican government is covering up.

She wants the government to pressure the Mexicans to find answers in the case so she can get justice for her son, Jorge Antonio Tizapa.

Tizapa was among the 43 students who disappeared Sept. 26 from the Ayotzinapa Teachers' College in the city of Inguala.

The Mexican government says it wants to see the case resolved and justice done , but Legideno Vargas doesn't believe it, and wonders whether the local authorities were somehow complicit in the attack.

"Everything that I am doing here I'm doing out of love for my son," the 43-year-old single mother said Friday in an interview conducted through an interpreter.

"We've had to come here to Canada to have our voices heard because the Mexican government is not doing what it needs to do."

Legideno Vargas met with Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson's senior foreign policy adviser, Monika Le Roy, to press her case. She also testified in earlier in the week to the House of Commons human rights subcommittee.

Legideno Vargas said she wanted to "create awareness in the minister's office about the situation, and ideally that the Canadian government would make some kind of public statement pressuring Mexico to keep the case open."

A Nicholson spokeswoman said in an email that "Canada is deeply concerned with the violent events in Iguala that led to the disappearance of the 43 students and has conveyed this to Mexican officials."

An Amnesty International official who was in the meeting said they received a sympathetic hearing, but no concrete action has been taken. …

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