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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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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.
November 26, 2015
shootings, murder and threats to indigenous human rights and campesino land rights defenders, members of the National Front for Socialism (FNLS) in Chiapas State and Mexico City and Campesino Organization Emiliano Zapata for the National Front for Socialism (OCEZ-FNLS). Shot: Matías Flores, Jesús Hernández Reyes, Rubicél Hernández García, Emilio Morales Díaz. Killed: Hector Sántiz López. This follows years of death threats by paramilitaries Los Petules, which has been blockading the OCEZ-NFLS communal land Ejido El Carrizal, in Chiapas.
November 25, 2015
unjust detention and false charges against National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) member Juan Carlos Orozco Matus, Othón Nazariega Segura, Efraín Picaso Pérez and Roberto Abel Jiménez García in Oaxaca.
November 23, 2015
unjust detention and state harassment of human rights defenders Rocio Celeste Martínez Gregorio and Fidel Desiderio Martínez in Oaxaca
June 14, 2015
death threats to Omar Esparza, widower of human rights defender Bety Cariño, who was assassinated in 2010 while assisting indigenous communities in Oaxaca State.
May 16, 2015
disappearance of political journalist Bernardo Javier Cano Torres, who had been threatened by the brother of the former mayor of Iguala, Guerrero, who was removed from office for his suspected role in the disappearance and presumed execution of 43 college students in September 2014