In the Inter-American Court Of Human Rights in the Case of Radilla-Pachecho and The United States of Mexico

Amicus Brief On Behalf Of The Human Rights Comittee Of The Bar Of England And Wales and The Solicotors’ International Human Rights Group

This brief is directed to the Court in the case of Radilla-Pacheco v Mexico,1 in which the case gave judgment on 23rd November 2009. In the Radilla case, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordered, following its finding that the Mexican state was responsible for the forced disappearance of Rosendo Radilla Pacheco, that the State must, inter alia:

  • Carry out a thorough investigation, and to identify those responsible for his disappearance;
  • Pay reparations to the Radilla family;
  • Bring Article 57 of the Code of Military Justice in line with recognised international standards, including the American Convention on Human Rights to which Mexico is a state party;
  • Withdraw the reservation to Article IX of the Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearances made by Mexico, which states that the military may prosecute and investigate crimes committed by the military whilst on duty.

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