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Mexico: News & Updates
Mexico shares a 2,000-mile border with its neighbor to the north. The US has played a significant role in militarizing the nation in misguided and ineffective policies to stop the flow of drugs and immigrants. Human rights abuses are prevalent throughout Mexico but especially in the southern, mostly indigenous states of Guerrero, Oaxaca and Chiapas. Human rights defenders and indigenous community leaders—working to protect their ancestral lands and heritage—are targeted with threats, assaults, abductions and assassinations. Their struggles for peace and liberation are linked with those of indigenous and Afro-descendant peoples throughout the hemisphere.
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May 24, 2017
surveillance, attacks, and death threats against environmental and indigenous rights defenders Rodrigo Flores Peñalosa and Lucila Bettina Cruz Velázquez of the Tehuantepec Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly in Defense of Land and Territory (APIIDTT) in Oaxaca
November 19, 2016
No arrests with sparse crowd at SOA Watch protest
October 7, 2016 to October 10, 2016
SOA Watch is moving their vigil to the US/mexican border. In October we will gather on both sides of the wall and raise our voices for an end of the militarization of the Americas!
Currently we are still in the planning process and open for your ideas. If you are interested, would like to get involved or have any other questions email Sophie[at]irtfcleveland.org
October 1, 2016
Break-in and vandalism of Jesuit-sponsored Kino Migrant Center and death threats to staff in Nogales, Sonora (US border).
August 1, 2016
Killing on June 19 of journalist Elidio Ramos Zárate, age 45, a crime reporter for the regional daily newspaper El Sur, who was fatally shot in the neck by two unknown assailants driving a motorcycle.
July 12, 2016
Murder of journalist Elidio Ramos Zárate, a crime reporter for the regional daily newspaper EL Sur. Ramos Zárate was reporting on several blockades and buses set on fire by teachers protesting in Juchitán. Ramos was the third journalist killed in Oaxaca this year.
June 26, 2016
detention of Alvaro García, a leader of the Victim’s Association of Magdalena Medio (ASORVIMM), and criminalization of other community leaders in Bella Unión and El Guayabo in the municipality of Puerto Wilches in Santander Department.
May 11, 2016
Murder of journalist Francisco Pacheco Beltrán, from Taxco, Guerrero state. He was a reporter for several regional newspapers and a regular contributor to a radio station.
April 11, 2016
Disappearance of Fidencio Gómez Sántiz, an indigenous member of the National Front for Socialism (FNLS). He was last seen on March 5, accompanied by his wife and son at the Jet Ja transport terminal near the local market of Ocosingo, Chiapas State. He has not been seen since.
February 23, 2016
unjust imprisonment and maltreatment of Damián Gallardo Martinez, a teacher who has worked to defend the rights of indigenous communities and the right to education in the Mixe and Zapoteca regions of the Oaxaca Hills.