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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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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.
February 6, 2016
The InterReligious Task Force, in conjunction with Case Western Reserve University, presents the 16th annual Social Justice Teach-In as a great opportunity for people of all ages to learn about critical human rights issues and practice hands-on skills to organize for change. This annual event attracts 500+ participants, many from area high schools and colleges. The Teach-In will provide participants with information, skills, and resources to support their own social justice programming at their schools and congregations.
January 26, 2016
assassination of journalist Marcos Hernández Bautista, who reported on influence of local political strongmen in Oaxaca State.
January 22, 2016
unjust imprisonment of indigenous rights leader Nestora Salgado García, former head of Regional Coordinating Body of Community Authorities: Community Police (CRAC-PC) in Guerrero
RRN Case Update
January 1, 2016
Disappearance of 43 Students: suspicion of torture, collusion between officials and organized crime
RRN letter [excerpted]
October 13, 2014: to the governor of Guerrero and federal interior minister, with copies to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IAHCR) and other officials
December 15, 2015
threats to Catholic priest and migrant rights defender Fray Aurelio Montero Vásquez, who presented a legal complaint for the kidnapping and sexual violence of migrants in Tenosique, Tabasco State.