August 16, 2007
At the invitation of the government of Mexico and the government of the state of Oaxaca, Dr. Florentín Meléndez, President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), Rapporteur for Mexico and Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons Deprived of Liberty, conducted a visit to the state of Oaxaca from August 8 to 11.
The purpose of the visit was primarily to gather information about the acts of violence that have occurred since 2006, in order to complement the information received during hearings held at IACHR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Press release of the IACHR on the visit to Oaxaca (issued on 16 August 2007)
August 8, 2007
According to Amnesty International (see: Oaxaca: Clamour for justice), at least 18 people were violently killed during the political crisis in Oaxaca. Various human rights organizations, both at national and international, have been denouncing the lack of effective investigations on these deaths. Together with the families of the victims, these organizations have been urging the authorities to ensure that those responsible for these deaths are held to account and that all relatives receive adequate reparations.
SIPAZ, during its last visit to Oaxaca in August 2007, has received the testimonies of two widows: Florina Jiménez Lucas (widow of José Jiménez Colmenares, killed on 10 August 2006) and Carmen Marín García (widow of Alejandro García Hernández, killed on 14 October 2006).
[Video only available in Spanish]