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B9CNT1wCMAAL5MpOn January 28th, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) released a report on the precautionary measures that have been requested for indigenous community police (or CRAC) leader Nestora Salgado, who currently requires medical attention while being deprived of her liberty at a maximum security prison in Nayarit, Mexico. She was arrested by police and military units on August 21st, 2013, and charged with aggravated kidnapping and organized crime.

Besides precautionary measures demanded to protect Salgado’s rights to life and personal integrity, the original request to the IACHR also denounced violations of her rights to due process, presumption of innocence and access to appropriate legal defense. As cited in the IAHCR report, “…due to the alleged ‘increase in violence, violent crimes and political corruption,” the proposed beneficiary decided to become “a human rights defender and participate in the movement in “defense of indigenous rights in Olianá, and led the organization of a group of Community Police in Olianá’.”

silvia-perez-yescasNew threats have been made against Silvia Pérez Yescas, an Indigenous human rights defender from the community of Matías Romero in Oaxaca, south-western Mexico. So far the protection measures granted to her by the authorities have been insufficient. Her life and safety remain at risk.

On 13 January Silvia Pérez learned that members of her organization, Indigenous Women for the Conservation, Research and Use of Natural Resources (Mujeres Indígenas por Conservación, Investigación y Aprovechamiento de los Recursos Naturales, CIARENA) were threatened by people claiming to have been sent by a local political chief (cacique) who told them, “Stop fucking around, because you could even be thrown in jail for being Silvia’s accomplices, she's going to be fucked for meddling in the land problem and there are people waiting for her when she shows up”.

Read the complete Urgent Action by Amnesty International

Further information on SIPAZ: New threats against members of Indigenous Women for Conservation, Investigation, and Managment of Natural Resources (CIARENA)

Read about Silvia Pérez in the campaign "Make them visible" (Haz que se vean) by the Mexican Commission in Defense and Promotion of Human Rights(CMDPDH)

Recent Urgent Action for community of Istmus of Tehuantepec, Oaxaca

10933835 802298886492470 8100645391505859963 nMare Advertencia Lirika is a Zapotec Hip Hop artist from Oaxaca, Mexico whose music speaks out for the rights of indigenous women. Now 27, Lírikan began rapping at age 16, using her lyrics to challenge sexism in her own community and call out the Mexican state for its abysmal treatment of indigenous communities. 

In this Animal Politico interview, the self-identified feminist shares that “Rap helped to empower me as a woman. It gave me a tool, helped me to change, to find myself, find my identity, and to rebuild myself.” Lirika incorporates various musical styles — funk, reggae, rap, huapango — to create her sound, and her lyrics cover topics ranging from standards of beauty within the media, to the forced disappearances of women in Mexico  to reproductive justice and bodily autonomy.

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Further information on women's movements and activism in Oaxaca, Mexico: Every other day a woman is killed in the state of OaxacaConsorcio Oaxaca completes 10 years working for a free life for women 

amenaza appjIndigenous leaders and other members of their community have been intimidated and harassed in reprisal for opposing the construction of a new wind farm in the Tehuantepec Isthmus in southern Mexico. There is fear they will face further threats.

Members of the Popular Assembly for the Community of Juchiteco (Asamblea Popular del Pueblo Juchiteco, APPJ), an organization of Indigenous peoples in Juchitán, Oaxaca State, reported threatening incidents which appear to have been carried out in reprisal for their opposition to the construction of a new wind farm in their community. On 5 December, María del Carmen Ruíz Martínez, an APPJ member, received a threatening phone call from an unidentified woman warning her and her colleagues not to attend consultation meetings about the proposed construction of the wind farm. On 4 December, María Isabel Jiménez Salinas, another member of the APPJ, reported having been followed by a motorcycle while she was accompanying home Mariano Gómez López, a member, spokesperson and legal representative of APPJ.

jaakkolaOn the 5th November, Eve y Raimo Jaakkola, parents of the Finnish activist Jyri Jaakkola, carried out their fifth visit to Mexico to meet Mexican authorities and demand punishment for those responsible for the murder of their son and of Bety Cariño, who died in an ambush in April 2010 conducted by a paramilitary group in San Juan Copala, Oaxaca. 

Since then, 4 and a half years have passed, and though an agreement was made between relatives and lawyers on the one hand and the federal government on the other, impunity persists for the murders of Bety and Jyri, and the existing arrest-orders have yet to be implemented.  

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For further information on the case see: Mexico promises justice for unsolved murders Human rights defender Mr Omar Esparza Zárarte on hunger strike over impunity for the assassination of Bety Cariño, Public letter by civil society demands justice 4 Bety Cariño & Jyri Jaakkola, Oaxaca: In response to 4 years of impunity, hunger strikes and protests taken to resist murders of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola

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