Guerrero: 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco

September 2, 2014

imagesOn 25 August 1974, Rosendo Radilla Pacheco was illegally arrested at a military checkpoint. He was last seen alive in the Military Barracks of Atoyac de Álvarez, Guerrero. Rosendo Radilla was a celebrated social activist from the Atoyac municipality who worked for the health and education of his people and acted as mayor.

For the executive secretary of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (AFADEM), Julio Mata Montiel, the lack of political will from the federal government, “be from whichever [party] it may be,” is the principal cause for the continued impunity in the case. He assured that “on 25 August will have passed 40 years since the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla, one of 470 disappearances in Atoyac which took place during this time, despite the recommendations from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and a sentence that was handed down five years ago by the Inter-American Court on Human Rights (IACHR) against the Mexican State. However, the State still refuses to reveal the whereabouts of Rosendo Radilla, such that the Mexican government is not concerned by international condemnation.”

It should be mentioned in these terms that on 22 August ended the excavations which the Guerrero Truth Commission (Comverdad) carried out for three days in Atoyac in an attempt to seek out possible clandestine burial sites associated with the 49th Infantry Batallion. Nicomedes Fuentes García, Comverdad member, reported that they had found bones which will be analyzed to determine their origins. Tita Radilla Martínez, daughter to Rosendo Radilla, has insisted that it is necessary that this labor be carried out by specialized experts. She announced that no public act would be taken to commemorate the anniversary of her father’s disappearance.

For more information (in Spanish):

Más elementos sobre el caso Rosendo Radilla Pacheco (CMDPDH)

Al reanudar excavaciones, la Comverdad encuentra osamenta en Atoyac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de agosto de 2014)

Sugieren familiares a la Comverdad parar las excavaciones hasta que lleguen especialistas (La Jornada de Guerrero, 23 de agosto de 2014)

Concluye la Comverdad las excavaciones en Atoyac; esperan que se reanuden con peritos (El Sur de Acapulco, 24 de agosto de 2014)

No le importa al gobierno aclarar crímenes: Afadem (La Jornada de Guerrero, 24 de agosto de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Mexican State is denounced for failing to observe its obligations in the Rosendo Radilla Pacheco case (2 June 2014)

Guerrero: Homage to Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, disappeared by the Army (15 March 2014)

Guerrero: Soldiers harass Tita Radilla in Atoyac (7 December 2013)

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in Radilla and Cantú cases (28 September 2012)

Guerrero: Attack on members of the Truth Commission (Comverdad)

February 7, 2014


On 29 January, the president of the Truth Commission (Comverdad), Enrique González Ruiz, denounced that the human-rights defender Pilar Noriega García and the ex-guerrillero Nicomedes Fuentes García, both of themmembers of the Comverdad, were subjected to an attack on 28 January on the federal highway between Iguala and Chilpancingo, on the outskirts of the latter city.

Two trucks carrying armed men approached the Comverdad vehicle in which Fuentes and Noriega were traveling, and the former requested the latter to stop.  They stopped in a hilly region and then abandoned the vehicle, fleeing into nature until the following day.  A penal denunciation was submitted to the Guerrero State Attorney General’s Office.

In light of these acts, the Commission for Human Rights of Mexico City demanded that the federal and Guerrero state governments to create the necessary conditions for rights-defenders like Pilar Noriega and Nicomedes Fuentes to be able to continue their work securely.

The Comverdad has as its mission “the elaboration of a report of those persons affected during the period of the Dirty War of the twentieth century (1969-1979), […] so as to provide recommendations for the justice system in relation to the offended victims and families.”

For more information (in Spanish):

Sufren atentado Comisionados de la Comisión de la Verdad de Guerrero(Boletín de prensa, Comverdad. 29 de enero de 2014)

Atentado contra dos miembros de la Comisión de la Verdad de Guerrero (La Jornada, 30 de enero de 2014)

Hombres armados intimidan a integrantes de la Comverdad en carretera, denuncian (La Jornada de Guerrero, 30 de enero de 2014)

Pide CDHDF seguridad para defensores de Comisión de la Verdad (Milenio, 30 de enero de 2014)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero: Death-threats directed against two activists with the Truth Commission (7 February 2013)

Guerrero: Relatives of the disappeared demand security measures

October 26, 2012

Members of Afadem. Photo @Sipaz

Relatives of those who were detained and disappeared in the municipality of Atoyac de Álvarez during the “Dirty War” of the 1960’s and 1970’s have demanded that members of the Truth Commission (Comverdad) intervene to ask authorities to grant security to those who received payment for the reparation of damages on the part of the federal government, given that many of these have been threatened for the money they have received, this during an act in which the institution presented its first report into investigations in the city.

The presentation of the first report which was organized in Chilpancingo last Tuesday was attended by relatives of the disappeared, former guerrilla fighters, social activists, and directors of human-rights organizations, none of whom indicated who was directly responsible.  In an interview after the event, Enrique González Ruiz, president of Comverdad, assured that “we are pressuring the government so that it [provide security], but it should be understood that this is not the Public Ministry, nor a judge, but being that this is an organism created by the state, it has the capacity to request these types of measures.”

The coordination of the Guerrero Network of Civil Human-Rights Organizations (Redgroac), Manuel Olivares Hernández, assured that the dirty war has not ended, and that despite the established state of right, disappearances continue, as do extrajudicial executions and repression against social movements.  “If we do not want this to be repeated, all of this must change.”  In other news, the vice-president of the Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared, and Victims of Human-Rights Violations in Mexico (Afadem), Tita Radilla Martínez, proposed that the members of Comverdad turn over the primary results of their investigations to the Federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) so that this organization continue “as soon as possible” with investigations so as to present the whereabouts of their loved ones.

For more information (in Spanish):

Pide Tita Radilla a la Comisión dar ya su investigación a la PGR (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de octubre 2012)

Roban a quienes recibieron su indeminización por la guerra sucia, denuncian ante la Comverdad (La Jornala de Guerrero, 21 de octubre 2012)

La guerra sucia no ha terminado: Redgroac (La Jornada de Guerrero, 21 de octubre 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Guerrero/National: SCJN affirms observance of IACHR sentences in the Radilla and Cantú sentences (28 September 2012)

Guerrero briefs: The PGR should report on the Radilla case (13 December 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: government announces installation of Commission of Truth and Tita Radilla receives recognition (28 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: NGO informs US authorities regarding Mexico’s obligations under Mérida Initiative (26 November 2011)

Guerrero – briefs: State accepts responsibility in Radilla case in absence of relatives (27 November 2011)