Oaxaca: Reports- police operation/ new aggressions against the Human Rights Center/ precautionary measures for activist and his family

Marcelino Coache, the threatened activist

Marcelino Coache, the threatened activist

In a recent communiqué from the Popular Assembly of the Peoples of Oaxaca (APPO), they denounced that since the morning of May 8, there has been a major mobilization of the Federal Preventative Police (PFP) in the streets of the City of Oaxaca, especially in the Center. They stated that the police are camped in the Hotel Parador Crespo, two blocks from the Oaxacan autonomous solidarity house for self-sufficiency, CASOTA.

The communiqué stressed that: “The size and similarity of the operation to that which took place in 2006 in the city obliges us to alert all the people in solidarity about the possibility of more repression, especially because the same Hotel was used as lodging by federal agents in Oaxaca during the operation carried out by the Federal Preventative Police in 2006.”

In addition, in a Urgent Action on May 11, the Committee of November 25 (Comité 25 de noviembre), an independent civil organization created for legal defense and human rights during the many aggressions that took place during the conflict of 2006 in Oaxaca, denounced new aggressions and delays in justice in the investigation of these aggressions by the office of the Attorney General of the Republic (PGR).

Finally, on May 8, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission (IAHRC) granted precautionary measures to Marcelino Coache Verano and his family. In March of 2009, Coache Verano, a social leader and member of the Free Union of Workers in Service of the Municipality of Oaxaca de Juárez, denounced that he had been abducted, taken to an unknown location, and then burned with cigarettes on sensitive parts of his body. His family also denounced that they have received telephone threats since April of 2009. In Inter-American Commission requested that the Mexican State take the necessary measures to protect the lives and safety of Coache and his family, as well as inform the IAHRC of the actions taken.

For More Information (In Spanish):

Comunicado de la APPO

Acción Urgente del Comité 25 de Noviembre

Actualización de la Acción Urgente de Amnistía Internacion: Marcelino Coache y Defensores de DDHH Oaxaca

More Information from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: Amnesty International testifies about the abduction and torture of a member of the APPO, SIPAZ Blog, 3/12/09.

Oaxaca: New threats in the case of Marcelino Coache, SIPAZ Blog, 5/4/09.

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