Two human-rights defenders, both of them members of the Comprehensive Committee for Defense of Human Rights Gobixha AC (CODIGO-DH), suffered harassment and assault on 8 May, reports Amnesty International (AI).
“Alba Cruz Ramos, human-rights defender, received a threatening text message on 30 April. It was similar to other threats that she had received previously: in this one, she was called ‘mami’ and told that the senders had unresolved business to finish; they did not attempt to repeat the threat, but instead acted on it. Alba Cruz Ramos, lawyer and coordinator of the Comprehensive Committee for Defense of Human Rights Gobixha AC (CODIGO-DH), has since 2007 been awarded precautionary measured as ordered by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights so that she be afforded protection in light of the threats she has received due to the work for defending human rights,” as the AI Urgent Action notes.
AI continues: “Another human-rights defender who works with CODIGO-DH, Susana Ramírez, was detained and released after having spent 34 hours incarcerated. She did not suffer abuses, but CODIGO-DH believes that her arrest was revenge for her work in defense of human rights. As part of her work in the department of communications in CODIGO-DH, Susana Ramirez has been covering a protest in Oaxaca City during which protestors confronted the municipal police. Susana Ramirez told the police that she had not been participating the protest, but rather documenting it; nonetheless, she was arrested together with 28 others. She was held incomunicado for several hours, and was denied the right to speak with her lawyer and her family until 14 hours after her arrest.”
For more information (in Spanish):
México: DEFENSORAS DE LOS DERECHOS HUMANOS, AMENAZADAS, Amnistía Internacional, 8 de mayo de 2013
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Oaxaca: Harassment of the offices of Código DH (8 April 2013)
Oaxaca: Harassment and robbery of offices of Consorcio (14 November 2011)
Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)