IA Events

Roundtable: The Struggle Against Torture and Other Human Rights Violations in Contemporary Mexico

Publication date: May 2, 2014 10:34:32 AM

Start: May 13, 2014 6:30:00 PM
End: May 13, 2014 8:00:00 PM

Location: UCL-Institute of the Americas, 51 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PN


UCL-Institute of the Americas is proud to host this roundtable, co-organised with Amnesty International. Torture and other human rights violations are significant problems in contemporary Mexico, especially in the context of public security policies aiming to combat violent criminal gangs. Opinion polls show that impunity remains a major public concern. This event seeks to illuminate the scale of these problems and evaluate the effectiveness of attempts by both non-governmental organizations and official agencies to address them.

Par Engström (UCL-Institute of the Americas Lecturer in Human Rights), Chair

Bárbara Italia Méndez is one of the 11 women who, after having been tortured in the context of a police crack-down on demonstrations in San Salvador Atenco, Mexico state, in May 2006, have taken their case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. President Enrique Peña Nieto was the Mexico state governor at the time. In the absence of more conclusive investigations by federal and state authorities of these highly sensational abuses, the women’s campaign for justice and an end to torture and sexual violence continues.

Isis Goldberg is a human rights lawyer at the Comisión Mexicana de Defensa y Promoción de los Derechos Humanos (Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights, CMDPDH), a Mexico City-based NGO. She litigates on behalf of victims of human rights violations.

Rupert Knox is Amnesty International’s researcher on Mexico. He will examine the human rights situation under the Peña Nieto administration and assess the obstacles to real improvements, such as ending the widespread use and tolerance of torture and other ill-treatment. He will also reflect on the vital role of victims and local human rights organizations in bringing about change.

Kevin J. Middlebrook (UCL-Institute of the Americas Professor of Latin American Politics), Discussant

Attendance is free of charge but registration is required.