Photo: @Codigo San Luis
On March 10, the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM in its Spanish acronym) confirmed that the founder of the “Hermanos en el Camino” shelter in the City of Ixtepec, Oaxaca, the Catholic priest and migrant advocate Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, was accepted by the Norwegian Committee as candidate for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
“The proposal was received with great hope by the shelter, not so much for the prize, but for the interest in putting the migration of Latin America, the violations of the rights of Central American migrants and the new North American policy on migration matters to international debate”, said Alberto Donis, one of the shelter’s coordinators.
According to the UAEM rector, Jorge Olvera Garcia, “since last year we set ourselves the task of realizing the whole context surrounding the activity of Father Alejandro Solalinde and decided to propose it with the committee of the Nobel Prize; we want and desire him to be recognized in all the activity that he carries out for the protection of human rights, human dignity of migrants from Central America to the United States.”
In his Twitter account, the migrant defender wrote: “A great commitment that I assume with all humility always in favor of the victims”.
For more information in Spanish:
Comité Noruego admite postulación de Solalinde para Premio Nobel de la Paz 2017 (Proceso, a 10 de marzo de 2017)
Comité Noruego acepta postulación del padre Solalinde para el Premio Nobel de la Paz (Sin Embargo, a 10 de marzo de 2017)
For more information from SIPAZ:
Oaxaca: Padre Solalinde recibe Premio Nacional de Derechos Humanos por su trabajo a favor de migrantes (11 de diciembre de 2012)