21 November 2017 - 24 May 2018

Seminar: Fighting for human rights in Mexico

Join the seminar at VU University Amsterdam where our Shelter City guest Lucia will speak on how she fights for human rights in Mexico.

Seminar: Fighting for human rights in Mexico 
Challenges and possibilities 
Tuesday 21 November 2017 
VU University Amsterdam 
Bellevue Building: OH-21

In 2014, Lucia has set up an organisation consisting of 100 relatives of disappeared persons with the objective to contribute to the fulfilment of the rights to truth and justice for disappeared persons. The non-profit organization was created in 2014 as a response to the negligence and deficiencies of the authorities in the search for their loved ones.Lucía will discuss what problems exist in Mexico, what motivates her to do her work, what challenges she faces in her work and what possibilities and future perspectives she sees for human rights activists in her country.

The phenomenon of enforced disappearances (a crime under international law whereby people simply “disappear” after being abducted, without their loved ones to ever hear from them again) is widespread in Mexico. Since 2006, more than 26 000 people have been reported as disappeared. The involvement of security forces and state agents in those crimes is well documented, especially under the precedent regime of President Felipe Calderón. While Mexico is party to the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, impunity remains the norm and the system of investigation is flawed, endangering those who expose authorities. In April 2017, a Bill on Enforced Disappearances was adopted by the Senate, but it still awaits approval from the Chamber of Deputies.

You can sign up for this event by sending an email to Joris van Wijk