Leading Mexican Human Rights Activist Assassinated

October 25, 2001

While the world looks east to the U.S. war in Afghanistan, many atrocities in other places are going overlooked.

In Mexico, internationally renowned human rights attorney Digna Ochoa y Plácido was assassinated in her office onFriday. Ochoa represented some of the most difficult and politically charged human rights cases in Mexico, manyinvolving torture or murder by Mexico’s military and security forces. She represented the widows of the AguasBlancas massacre, the campesino ecologists of Guerrero, and, most recently, the Cerezo brothers who are accused ofsetting small bombs in front of CitiBank offices.

A co-worker discovered Ochoa in her office with gunshots to her head.


  • Ariel Dorfman, professor at Duke University and author of numerous plays, books and short stories,including ??Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark and ??Blake’s Therapy.