Oaxaca: COOA Announces Day of Protest to Demand Release of Defender Fredy Garcia

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Since November 6th, 2019, the human rights defender, activist and spokesperson for the Committee for the Defense of Indigenous Rights (CODEDI), Fredy Garcia Ramirez, has been imprisoned in the Taniveth prison in Tlacolula de Matamoros. Since then, several civil organizations and groups, such as the Council of Autonomous Oaxacan Organizations (COOA), have demanded his release and have now announced a day of struggle.

In its statement dated March 14th, 2022, the COOA denounced that the crimes for which Fredy Garcia is imprisoned are invented and false: “To achieve his arrest, they fabricated crimes against the compañero; which have no basis and that we have constantly shown that he did not commit”, in addition to having explained that, using the pandemic as a pretext, “his visits were limited and they do not allow more than a single family member to visit him. Also with the same pretext, the hearings of the compañero were postponed so much so that the third and last hearing is set for May 2022, thus seriously violating the principle of procedural speed and clearly his rights that correspond to him as a person.”

In prison he began a fight for the recognition of his rights and the improvement of “inhuman and degrading” conditions. Other people inside the jail joined. The price he had to pay: to be isolated from the rest “as punishment for his worthy fight” and to suffer blows that “are orders from above.”

The COOA blamed Alejandro Murat Hinojosa, governor of Oaxaca, “for any physical or psychological repression of which the compañero may be a victim again” and called on social organizations, groups, unions and human rights organizations to be aware of the day of struggle.

For more infromation in Spanish:

Comunicado COOA, Marzo 2022 – ASAMBLEA DE PUEBLOS INDÍGENAS DEL ISTMO OAXAQUEÑO EN DEFENSA DE LA TIERRA Y EL TERRITORIO (APIIDTT, 14 de marzo de 2022)

Anuncia COOA jornada de lucha para exigir liberación del preso político Fredy García (EDUCA, 16 de marzo de 2022)

For more infromation from SIPAZ:

Oaxaca: One Year after the Arrest of Fredy Garcia, Social Organizations Demand his Release(November 9, 2020)
Oaxaca: Torture against Human Rights Defender Fredy García Ramírez of CODEDI, denounce NGO (July 17, 2020)
Oaxaca: International Organizations Call for Release of Fredy Garcia of CODEDI (November 24, 2019)

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