Peace Brigades International have organised a visit to London of the Mexican human rights defender Tita Radilla. She is the vice-president of the Mexican Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared and Victims of Human Rights Violations (AFADEM). Her visit will take place in early November, and more details can be found below.
Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, a respected community leader, disappeared in 1974 after being stopped at an army checkpoint in Mexico’s Guerrero state. In July 2009, his became the first case of forced disappearance to be brought against the Mexican Government: the decision of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights is due in December. His daughter, Tita Radilla, vice-president of the Mexican Association of Relatives of the Detained, Disappeared and Victims of Human Rights Violations (AFADEM), will be in London in November to speak about her long fight for justice. We hope you can join us in taking this opportunity to show support for the ongoing struggle for truth and justice in Mexico and hear about the international community’s role in the protection of human rights defenders in Mexico and worldwide.
Tita will be sharing her testimony and her experiences, and participating in discusions at several public events in London, at which there will also be screenings or partial screenings of the film 12.511 - Rosendo Radilla case: An Open Wound from Mexico's Dirty War.
In addition to the events listed below, Tita will participate in an invitation-only event, chaired by former Law Lord, the Rt Hon Lord Bingham of Cornhill KG, on Wednesday, 4 November.
Friday 30 October - Frontline Club
13 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QJ
A film screening of 12.511 Rosendo Radilla case: An open wound from Mexico's Dirty War. The film will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity to hear from Tita Radilla and PBI’s coordinator in Mexico, Michael Tamblyn. Elizabeth Mistry, a journalist formerly based in Mexico, will chair the event.
Tuesday 3 November - Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre
17 - 25 New Inn Yard, London. EC2 3EA
A talk with Tita Radilla, Michael Tamblyn, and Rupert Knox, Mexico researcher, Amnesty International. There will also be a performance by a member of Actors for Human Rights, a network of professional actors dedicated to drawing public attention to contemporary human rights concerns. Find out more.
Please book online for this event here.
Thursday 5 November - Canning House
2 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PJ
A talk with Tita Radilla, Sarah Murrell, of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Human Rights, Democracy and Governance Group, and Michael Tamblyn. This event will be chaired by former FCO minister, Tony Lloyd MP.
Friday 6 November - Institute for the Study of the Americas
University of London: Room STB3/6, Stewart House, Malet
Street, London WC1E 7HU
A film screening of 12.511 Rosendo Radilla case: An open wound from Mexico's Dirty War, followed by Q&A with Tita Radilla and Michael Tamblyn.
For more information, or to reserve a place at the events on
30 October, 5 November and 6 November please contact: Susi Bascon susibascon(at)peacebrigades.org.uk
Tel 0207 281 5370
To attend the event on 3 November at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre, please book online via this webpage.