Coinciding with the centenary of the birth of the activist Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, who was forcibly disappeared by Army elements in 1974, relatives and members of social organizations have rendered him an homage in Atoyac de los Libres, demanding punishment of the perpetrators of his disappearance.
“100 years have passed in the life of Rosendo; for us this is a very special date, because as family we cannot let this important date pass because this man struggled greatly for his people, and though we do not have him with us anymore, we remember him with much tenderness,” said Tita Radilla, Rosendo’s daughter and president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violation (AFADEM).
Although the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) released a sentence condemning the Mexican State for grave human-rights violations, Tita Radilla has criticized the lack of observance of said sentence on the government’s part: “yes there has been compensation, but due to security concerns I would rather not disclose the amount. The problem is not this; the problem is the hope that we would like to share with the families of the disappeared. We always think that if we found Rosendo, then there would be hope among the people: we continue with this hope, but it takes its toll. I am now 62 years old.”
For more information (in Spanish):
Celebran centenario de Rosendo Radilla en Guerrero (El Universal, 1 de marzo de 2014)
Activistas y familiares rinden homenaje a Rosendo Radilla (Terra, 1 de marzo de 2014)
Celebran deudos 100 años del nacimiento de Rosendo Radilla (La Jornada de Guerrero, 2 de marzo de 2014)
Caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)
Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)