PBI-Mexico visits Tita Radilla of AFADEM on the 10th anniversary of IACHR ruling on the disappearance of her father

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On November 14, the Peace Brigades International-Mexico Project posted, “We visited Tita Radilla and the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Mexico (AFADEM) in Atoyac de Álvarez.”

PBI-Mexico adds, “This month marks 10 years of the conviction at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights against the Mexican State for the forced disappearance of her father Rosendo.”

That November 23, 2009 IACHR judgement can be read here.

It has been summarized as follows: “On August 25, 1974, Mr. Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, a 60 year-old musician and political and social activist, was arrested by members of the Mexican Army in the State of Guerrero and eventually disappeared. The State failed to establish the whereabouts of Mr. Radilla Pacheco. The Court found that the State violated the American Convention on Human Rights and the American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons.”

PBI-Mexico notes, “From PBI we express concern about the recommended points of compliance, especially the delays with the investigations to find the whereabouts of Rosendo Radilla.”

PBI has previously explained, “Tita Radilla has unceasingly sought justice in the case of the forced disappearance of her father, Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, in Atoyac de Álvarez in 1974, and she and her AFADEM colleagues have provided accompaniment to dozens of people searching for their disappeared family members.”

Rosendo was a human rights defender who “was detained and forcibly disappeared by the Mexican army at a military checkpoint on August 25, 1974. Rosendo was taken to the military barracks in Atoyac, where he was tortured and forced to sing his own corridos.”

“Since then, the Mexican army has not revealed his whereabouts, investigated the incident nor brought those responsible to justice.”

“In the Rosendo Radilla judgment, the Interamerican Court held that the Mexican State ‘shall continue with the effective search for and the immediate location of Mr. Rosendo Radilla-Pacheco or, in its case [sic], of his remains.’”

“Years after the judgment, it has still not been carried out in full. Excavation of potential burial sites have been delayed several times.”

“These excavations represent an important step forward in victims’ and relatives’ search for truth and justice; slow progress often has psychological impacts on families and victims.”

“To date, only a minimal area of Atoyac’s former military barracks has been explored. This contradicts the recommendations of experts who continue to monitor the case.”

The work of Tita Radilla and AFADEM has made them the target of attacks and human rights violations over the course of many years.

PBI-Mexico has accompanied Radilla and AFADEM since 2003.

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