Tita Radilla Martinez

For more than 35 years, Tita Radilla has been pursuing justice for the relatives of Mexico’s “disappeared”. Tita’s father disappeared after he was stopped at a military checkpoint in 1974.

Tita is vice-president of the the Association of Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared in Mexico (AFADEM), based in Atoyac de Alvarez, in Guerrero State.

Cerezo Committee

Antonio and Alejandro CerezoFollowing the detention of their brothers Alejandro, Héctor and Antonio in August 2001, Francisco and Emiliana Cerezo Contreras formed the Cerezo Committee to campaign for their release.

They have been victims of various episodes of harassment and threats, and PBI has accompanied them and other members of the Cerezo Committee since February 2002.

Claudia Julieta Duque

Investigative journalist Claudia Julieta Duque is a correspondent for the Colombian human rights radio station Radio Nizkor and a former researcher for the José Alvear Restrepo Lawyers' Collective (CCAJAR).

In more than 23 years as a journalist, she has investigated and reported on numerous high-profile cases, including those involving issues of forced disappearance, forced recruitment of children by legal and illegal armed groups, the impact of impunity and the right to justice, and infiltration of paramilitary groups in government agencies. 

Update: the Trial of Ríos Montt

On 10 May, Guatemala’s former head of state Effrain Ríos Montt was found guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity, only for the historic verdict to be overturned eleven days later by a controversial Constitutional Court ruling. Such twists and turns have characterised one of the most anticipated trials in Latin American history.

The trial (at wich PBI was present, accompanying victims' lawyer Edgar Pérez) has been fraught with complications and uncertainty, particularly since 19 April, when Ríos Montt’s defence lawyers staged a walkout and Judge Carol Flores called for all proceedings made in her absence to be nullified (she was recused in February 2012 after the defence team accused her of bias).

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