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17:30 - 19:00 16 May 2016

Justice in Mexico? The ABC tragedy of June 2009


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

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Julio Cesar Marquez, Queretaro (Mexico) Human Rights Commission
Daniel Gershenson, Social entrepreneur
Dr Ben Smith, Reader of Latin American History, Warwick University

For the last several years, Mexico has become a place where inconceivable crimes without punishment are commonplace; where one can easily become immune to the prevailing corruption and impunity that corrode the very existence and well-being of its inhabitants, as well as the country’s private and public institutions.

One may venture to say that of the endless list of outrages undergone practically every day by its population, none was as atrocious as the fire that took the lives of 49 defenceless children and permanently injured several others –their average age was two years and a half- in Guardería ABC, a day-care center ostensibly run by the national Institute of Social Security in the city of Hermosillo (capital of the state of Sonora) on Friday June 5th, 2009.


Oscar Martinez
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