Oaxaca: Death-threats against rights-defender Alba Cruz and wife of Marcelino Coache

Alba Cruz @ Fundar

On 13 April, the rights-defender Alba Cruz from the organization Committee for the Wholesome Defense of Human Rights Gobixta (Human Rights Code) received a death-threat on her cell phone.  Human Rights Code and the Network of Civil Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All” write in their urgent action that “One of the representatives of the defender is the union activist, ex-political prisoner, and victim of torture Marcelino Coache, who in the last half-year has faced several acts of labor harassment and a campaign of denigration against him for his participation in the social movement in Oaxaca.  Reyna Rivera, the wife of Mr. Coache, has received  a message to her cellular phone a few minutes after the message was sent to Ms. Cruz; the text says: ‘We warn you to remember or suffer the consequences; watch yourselves.'”  Both messages came from the same number.

Both the defender Alba Cruz and the union organizer Coache and his family have been awarded precautionary measures by the IACHR, the former in this year, and Coache since 2009.

For more information (in Spanish):

AU nuevas amenazas contra la Abogada Alba Cruz y Fam. Coache Rivera (Codigo DH, 16 de abril de 2012)

Seguridad para la defensora Alba Cruz en Oaxaca (Red de Organismos Civiles de Derechos Humanos “Todos los Derechos Para Todas y Todos”, 15 de abril de 2012)

Fundar se suma para exigir seguridad a la defensora Alba Cruz en Oaxaca (Fundar, 16 de abril de 2012)

AU: Seguridad para la defensora Alba Cruz en Oaxaca (Cencos, 16 de abril de 2012)

For more information from SIPAZ (in English):

Oaxaca: new intimidation directed at Alba Cruz (18 January 2011)

Oaxaca: attack on union leader Marcelino Coache (20 May 2010)

Oaxaca: Reports-police operations/new aggressions against the Human Rights Center/precautionary measures for activist and his family (14 May 2009)

Oaxaca: New threats in the case of Marcelino Coache (4 May 2009)


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