Mexico: Clients of disappeared human rights lawyer Ernesto Serna García acquitted

November 8, 2018

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On 6 November 2018, 22 members of Sol Rojo announced that they were acquitted of the charges against them after three years of a judicial process marked by irregularities. The group was legally represented by human rights defender and lawyer Dr. Ernesto Sernas García, who disappeared on 10 May 2018, in circumstances related to this case. His work was essential to the present outcome.

Dr. Ernesto Sernas Garcia is a Constitutional Law professor at Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. He had been legally representing the 22 members of Sol Rojo. He disappeared on 10 May 2018, just before submitting the evidence that resulted in the acquittal of the activists.

On 6 November 2018, the 22 activists members of Sol Rojo announced that they were acquitted of the charges of terrorism and carrying of explosives filed against them on 7 June 2015, when they were arbitrarily arrested for participating in a peaceful demonstration. The criminal procedures following the arrest were marked by irregularities and human rights violations of the defendants, including reports of torture in custody. Before his disappearance, Ernesto Sernas Garcia had gathered key evidence that proved the innocence of the Sol Rojo members and demonstrated the pattern of criminalisation against them.

https://www.frontlinedefenders.org/en/case/disappearance-human-rights-defender-dr-ernesto-sernas-garcia

http://www.demvolkedienen.org/index.php/en/lat-amerika/2662-actions-for-dr-ernesto-sernas-garcia-in-ecuador

Click to access EN_HRL_20180817_Mexico_Disappearance-of-lawyer-Dr-Ernesto-Sernas-Garcia.pdf

http://oaxaca.eluniversal.com.mx/estatal/06-11-2018/organizaciones-de-oaxaca-exigen-presentacion-con-vida-de-abogado (ESPANOL)

http://consorciooaxaca.org.mx/denunciamos-falta-de-avances-en-la-investigacion-de-la-desaparicion-de-ernesto-sernas/ (ESPANOL)

http://oaxaca.eluniversal.com.mx/estatal/30-08-2018/denuncian-nulos-avances-en-la-investigacion-de-la-desaparicion-ernesto-sernas (ESPANOL)

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