Disappearances, Attacks, and Involuntary Experiments on People: What will it take for the Mexican government to respond?

Disappearances, Attacks, and Involuntary Experiments on People: What will it take for the Mexican government to respond?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

Please join Freedom House and Red Solidaria Década contra la Impunidad for a panel discussion on the breadth of human rights violations that go uninvestigated in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero. Widespread impunity and rampant corruption have prevented true and full investigations of numerous disappearances and attacks against human rights defenders, community activists and ordinary citizens. The panel discussion will focus on two emblematic cases of violations currently in litigation before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR):

  • On May 30, 2013 Arturo Hernández Cardona along with seven other activists from Guerrero were kidnapped, five of whom were murdered. The then-mayor of Iguala is one of the prime suspects of the murders and is currently awaiting trial. This former mayor is also accused of orchestrating the disappearances of the 43 missing Ayotzinapa students.
  • Doctors at the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INNN) treated nearly 500 hydrocephalus patients with a device that is not authorized to be used on humans. The treatment consisted of inserting a tube-like device into the frontal part of the head to drain liquid accumulated around the brain. This procedure was done without informing the patients of the risks of the experimental treatment. Dr. Rodolfo Ondarza of the INNN is now under threat for coming forth and denouncing the experiments.


Dr. Rodolfo Ondarza
INNN surgeon whose testimony suggests that the current director of the INNN bears responsibility over the dangerous experiments

Soledad Hernández Mena
Daughter of Arturo Hernandez Mena 

Fray Juliánn Cruzalta Aguirre
Religious community leader and human rights defender

Deeni Rodriguez López
Human Rights Lawyer

Magdalena López Paulino
Director of RSDCIAC

*Please note this event will be in Spanish*

Red Solidaria Década Contra la Impunidad (RSDCIAC) is a Mexican organization that works to end impunity regarding human rights violations in southern Mexico. RSDCIAC offers legal aid and advocates on behalf of human rights defenders and others whose rights have been violated and are trying to resolve their cases before the Mexican judicial system and international bodies such as the IACHR. The organization monitors violations and uses litigation strategically to defend the rights of access to justice and due process of law.



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