5/3/2017 Freedom House
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 thret for coming forth and denouncing the experiments.