Rosario Ibarra de Piedra
The renowned activist Rosario Ibarra de Piedra, a tireless searcher for disappeared persons and mother of the current head of the CNDH, passed away on April 16, 2022.
He lived 95 years and spent almost 47 years looking for his son Jesús Piedra, who was accused of belonging to the September 23rd Communist League and disappeared in 1975, after being arrested in Monterrey, Nuevo León.
Since then, he almost always walked with his son’s photo hanging around his neck. She demanded justice and coined the painful cry that dozens of families in Mexico continue to repeat today: “They were taken alive, we want them alive!” She never got her child back from her. But she, along with other mothers, contributed to finding other disappeared people through the creation of the Eureka!
The Senate of the Republic awarded him the Belisario Domínguez Medal in 2019, but Ibarra de Piedra rejected it. He left it to President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and asked him to return it when he learned the truth about the whereabouts of his son and others who disappeared in the dirty war of the 1970s.
Eliseo Mendoza Berrueto
The former governor of Coahuila passed away on May 17, 2022. Mendoza, a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), ruled his home state between 1987 and 1993. In addition to devoting himself to politics, Eliseo was an economist, professor, and researcher in the Countries Low.
Mendoza also presided over the Chamber of Deputies in September 1985. From September 1985 to May 1987 he served as a deputy of the Union Congress. He was also a senator in a previous term.
David Cervantes Peredo
On June 18, 2022, David Cervantes, who worked as Undersecretary of Land and Agrarian Planning in the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (Sedatu) and in charge of the National Reconstruction Program, died. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was the one who broke the news through his social networks, where he assured that they had lost “a public servant with deep convictions and unquestionable honesty.”
From non-governmental organizations, he was in charge of Casa y Ciudad AC and the Housing Institute of the Neighborhood Assembly AC He was a member of the First Legislative Assembly of the Federal District, federal deputy in the LXII Legislature, for the 30th district of Tlalpan and deputy local for district 40 in the Legislative Assembly during the VII Legislature.
He was also part of the government team of the then Federal District in the General Directorate of the Housing Institute in the administration from 2000 to 2005.
Luis Echeverria Alvarez
Six months after his 100th birthday, on July 8, 2022, Luis Echeverría Álvarez, who was president of Mexico from 1970 to 1976, died.
Better known for another public position, that of Secretary of the Interior in 1968, when President Gustavo Díaz Ordaz governed, on his shoulders he carried the responsibility for the Tlatelolco Massacre, which was perpetrated against hundreds of students who were protesting on October 2 of that same year. He was also accused of the massacre of the so-called “Halconazo” in 1971.