On 28 January, the “Fray Bartolomé de las Casas” Center for Human Rights (CDHFBC) held a press-conference in which it presented Don Raúl Vera López as new president of the organization. On 21 June 2010, the CDHFBC noted in a press-release that Don Raúl had assumed the position of co-president of the Center alongside Don Samuel Ruiz García, founder of the organization and bishop emeritus of the diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, who died on 24 January.
Don Raúl had been co.bishop with Don Samuel from 1995 to 2000, year in which Ruiz García left this charge at the age of 75, defined by the Vatican as retirement-age for bishops. The Vatican then assigned Don Raúl the diocese of Saltillo, where he remains bishop. Following the teachings of Don Samuel, he has sided with organized and oppressed peoples, giving voice to their claims and demands, pronoucing himself against the criminalization of social movements and rights-defenders. He stresses his support to the cause of of migrants and miners of the Pasta de Conchos; in September 2010 he received the Rafto Prize 2010, awarded by the Norwegian foundation Rafto.
For more information (in Spanish):
Information note from CDHFBC (28 January 2011)
Raúl Vera will lead the Fray Bartolomé Center for Human Rights (CNN México, 28 January 2011)
Raúl Vera, new president of Frayba (El Universal, 29 January 2011)
Raúl Vera López, new president of Frayba (La Jornada, 29 January 2011)
For more information from SIPAZ (in English):
Chiapas: Bishop José Raúl López Vera receives the Rafto Prize 2010 (28 September 2010)
Mexico: Bishop Samuel Ruiz Garcia dies (26 January 2011)