Guerrero – briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case; request for investigation period for Truth Commission to be expanded

Rosendo Radilla. @Cencos

The Supreme Court for Justice in the Nation (SCJN) has ordered that the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) permit the access and handing-over of copies of investigations into the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco to the Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights and to Tita Radilla, daughter of the murdered social activist.  This is the first time that the maximum tribunal has determined that the Public Ministry should make available copìes of investigations in cases related to victims of grave human-rights violations.

In other news, on 30 November at a forum of analysis, social activists and religious believers proposed that the investigation period to be considered by the Truth Commission be extended, given that the coordinators of this latter organism plan only to look into the years 1969 to 1979, a historical period that corresponds to the Dirty War in Guerrero.  The general visitor of the Commission for the Defense of Human Rights in Guerrero (CODDEHUM), Hipólito Lugo Cortés, noted that the National Commission for Human Rights (CNDH) has documented 532 disappearances in Guerrero, all of them included in the recommendation 326 that was sent in 2001 to then-president Vicente Fox.  Furthermore, from 2005 to date there have been registered 62 forced disappearances, in which ministerial and municipal police have been involved, as well as the Mexican Army in 14 cases.  The representative of the Campesino Organization of the Southern Sierra, Roció Mesino, noted that the idea is to exclude from investigation the Aguas Blancas (1995) and El Charco (1998) massacres.

For more information (in Spanish):

Debe PGR informar del caso Radilla (La Jornada, 1 December)

Piden ampliar pesquisas sobre la guerra sucia (La Jornada, 1 December)

La SCJN ordena a la PGR entregar expediente del caso del Sr. Radilla Pacheco (Cencos, 1 December)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November)

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