Mexico

Disappearances are rampant and commonplace in Mexico. Over 25,000 cases from 2007 to January 2015 have been recorded in the National Registry of Missing and Disappeared Persons from 2007 to January 2015, and yet this database only reflects a portion of the total cases. The sheer number of disappearances reflects the failure of state and federal authorities to meaningfully address the problem and locate the missing, contributing a pervasive culture of violence, fear and impunity.

Mexico’s deteriorating human rights situation drew international attention in September of 2014, when 43 students from the rural teachers’ college Ayotzinapa in the Southwestern state of Guerrero were forcibly disappeared by municipal police in collusion with members of a criminal group, an outrage that the Mexican government has failed to adequately investigate; to date, only one of the victims has been identified.

The families of the forcibly disappeared students are represented by the Center for Human Rights of the Montaña - Tlachinollan, founded by 2010 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureate Abel Barrera Hernández. RFK Human Rights has worked closely with Tlachinollan in its efforts to win justice for the students of Ayotzinapa. In December of 2014, RFK Human Rights organized advocacy meetings between Tlachinollan’s leadership and a number of key organizations and individuals, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

Our lawyers and advocates have also supported Tlachinollan in hearings before the Inter-American Commission for Human Rights and the U.S. Congress, meetings with the U.S. National Security Council, the Supreme Court of Mexico, with op-eds in a variety of publications, and with urgent actions and campaigns. We will continue our efforts to demand transparency and accountability from the Mexican government.

1.16.2020
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Boldly Undertakes Key Immigration Initiative
1.16.2020
Kerry Kennedy on the chaos and cruelty at the U.S.-Mexico border
9.27.2019
INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION HEARS TESTIMONY ON DISAPPEARANCES & FEMICIDE OF WOMEN IN CIUDAD JUÁREZ, MEXICO
9.26.2019
Silvia Elena Rivera Morales et. al v. Mexico Case Summaries
2.21.2019
We Join International Organizations to Denounce the Proposed National Guard Model in Mexico
11.01.2018
International Observatory on Mexico: The Decision of Mexico’s Supreme Court on the Internal Security Law Will Set a Fundamental Precedent on Militarization in the Country and in the Region
10.23.2018
Delegation from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Travels to Mexico, Speaking with Victims of Human Rights Abuses in Guerrero
7.30.2018
The Bonfilio Rubio Villegas case: An example of the relationship between military checkpoints and gross human rights violations in Mexico
7.12.2018
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Joins Letter Urging Secretary Pompeo to Prioritize Human Rights During Visit to Mexico
6.29.2018
International Observatory Welcomes the Conviction of Two Soldiers for Sexual Torture against Valentina Rosendo in Mexico
6.29.2018
Mexico’s Presidential Election: a Critical Moment for Human Rights
6.21.2018
Kerry Kennedy To Kick-Off Immigration Fast and Prayer Chain
5.29.2018
El caso Valentina Rosendo Cantú: oportunidad única de frenar la impunidad en casos de abusos militares
4.26.2018
En el caso Alvarado, la Corte Interamericana considerara las desaparaciones forzadas en Mexico
3.30.2018
ORGANIZACIONES INTERNACIONALES INSTAN A LA SUPREMA CORTE DE MÉXICO A PROTEGER LA INDEPENDENCIA JUDICIAL EN CHIHUAHUA.
3.20.2018
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights holds important hearing on implications of Mexico’s new Internal Security Law
2.12.2018
Merits brief submitted in Ciudad Juárez femicides case
12.19.2017
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights joins coalition fighting impunity in Mexico
11.29.2017
Mexican Congress should reject law normalizing armed forces in public security tasks
POSTED ON NOV 29, 2017
11.22.2017
Strengthening our commitment to a world free from violence against women
10.16.2017
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights Grants Admissibility in Mexican Femicide Case
10.13.2017
Dispatch from Mexico
Shining a light on femicide and forced disappearance
5.17.2017
Murder of activist Miriam Rodríguez highlights dangers faced by mothers and families searching for disappeared relatives in Mexico
3.10.2017
Call for the immediate adoption of #AntiTortureLaw in Mexico that meets international standards
POSTED ON MAR 10, 2017
1.12.2017
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights petitions IACHR in extrajudicial execution of Naua native
12.16.2016
Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and CEDIMAC petition IACHR in Ciudad Juárez disappearances
2.05.2016
International Organizations Denounce Defamation Campaign Against Experts Investigating the Enforced Disappearance of 43 Mexican Students
POSTED ON FEB 5, 2016
2.05.2016
16 months after 43 students disappeared in Mexico, investigating the case remains treacherous
2.05.2016
Sixteen months after 43 students were forcibly disappeared in Mexico, International group investigating the case faces obstacles to truth and justice
1.07.2016
What We're Reading: Mexico Stubbornly Resists Accountability
POSTED ON JAN 7, 2016
12.08.2015
Mexico must advance investigation into 43 disappeared #Ayotzinapa students
10.20.2015
What We're Reading: U.S. Withholds $5 Million in Antidrug Aid to Mexico as Human Rights Rebuke
POSTED ON OCT 20, 2015
10.15.2015
Mexican President Pena Nieto must increase effort on case of 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa
10.15.2015
Amid serious investigation concerns, human rights experts urge Mexican President Pena Nieto to increase effort and commitment on case of 43 forcibly disappeared students from Ayotzinapa
9.09.2015
What We're Reading: Broken Justice in Mexico's Guerrero State
POSTED ON SEP 9, 2015
9.02.2015
What We're Reading: From the trenches of Ayotzinapa
POSTED ON SEP 2, 2015
12.12.2014
2010 Human Rights Award Laureate Abel Barrera's remarks at the 2014 Ripple of Hope Awards Gala.