Center Prodh

The Miguel Agustín Pro Juárez Human Rights Center

Category: Cases

Ildefonso Zamora

Environmental defender Ildefonso Zamora, an indigenous leader who has stood up to illegal loggers in Mexico State for the last 18 years, was arbitrarily imprisoned since November 2015, and faced a trial characterized by irregularities, violations of due process, and human rights abuses. Ildefonso was arbitrarily arrested on November 20, 2015, without a warrant. It is impossible […]

The Ayotzinapa case

Here you will find information about the enforced disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa teacher training school in Guerrero state in September of 2014. In particular, we provide English summaries and materials regarding the work of the Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI) named by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to provide technical […]

The Tlatlaya case

Here you will find information regarding the killing of 22 civilians by the army in Tlatlaya, Mexico state, in June 2014, operating under orders that instructed them to “kill criminals”.   Impunity confirmed in the Tlatlaya case – May 2016 ___ Impunity takes hold in the Tlatlaya case – March 2016 ___ IACHR Expresses Concern regarding […]

The Ecologists case

For their activism in defense of the forests of Guerrero state, the environmental defenders Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera were victims of arbitrary detention and torture by members of the military in 1999. They were imprisoned and sentenced for crimes they did not commit. Center Prodh took on their legal defense, and on November 7, […]

The right to dignified housing in Mexico state

Mr. Jorge Arzave Orihuela, a member of the Association of Neighbors in the low-cost urban housing complex of Lomas de San Francisco Tepojaco, Mexico state, is a leading activist in denouncing the violation of the residents’ rights to adequate housing and to a healthy environment. The 11,000 units that make up the complex, built by […]

Community water defenders

José Ramón Aniceto Gómez and Pascual Agustín Cruz, indigenous community members from Pahuatlán in the state of Puebla, were unjustly arrested in 2010 and sentenced to nearly seven years in prison in retaliation for their legitimate and successful defense of their community’s right to water. Center Prodh and the Ignacio Ellacuría Human Rights Institute (part […]

Disappearances and executions of past decades

Center Prodh has documented and litigated various cases of enforced disappearance and extrajudicial execution committed during the so-called “Dirty War” of the 1970s by military and civilian security forces. These include: Five members of the Guzmán Cruz family who were disappeared in Michoacán state between 1974 and 1976. This case is in the merits stage […]

Alberta Alcántara Juan and Teresa González Cornelio

On March 26, 2006, a group of federal police belonging to the now-extinct Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) of the federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) arrived in the community of Santiago Mexquititlán in the municipality of Amealco, Querétaro state. Without identifying themselves as state agents, they began to extort street vendors, who took them for criminals […]

Jacinta Francisco Marcial

On March 26, 2006, a group of federal police belonging to the now-extinct Federal Investigation Agency (AFI) of the federal Attorney General’s Office (PGR) arrived in the community of Santiago Mexquititlán in the municipality of Amealco, Querétaro state. Without identifying themselves as state agents, they began to extort street vendors, who took them for criminals […]

Women of Atenco

On May 3rd and 4th, 2006, in Texcoco and San Salvador Atenco (Mexico state), federal, state, and municipal police carried out a brutal operation to repress activists and individuals showing solidarity with the social movement Peoples’ Front in Defense of the Land (Frente de Pueblos en defensa de la Tierra). The conflict arose because of […]

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