Wednesday, December 10, 2014

[RED DEMOCRATICA] Stand for Justice and Peace in Mexico this Human Rights Day


Latin America Working Group

Promote Justice for Mexico and the Borderlands

Dear Supporter,

Did you know that today, December 10th, is international Human Rights Day?  Today we commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that the recognition of the dignity and human rights of all people is the “foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”

But for the 43 disappeared students from a rural teachers college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, and tens of thousands more disappeared across Mexico, those basic rights have been denied.  This Human Rights Day, stand in solidarity for justice and peace in Mexico by sharing this image on facebook or twitter, or forwarding it to a friend.

The students of Ayotzinapa disappeared after being brazenly attacked and rounded up by municipal police in Iguala, Guerrero on the order of a corrupt local mayor.  The police later handed the students over to a local criminal group that reportedly killed them and burned their bodies.  Earlier this week, an independent forensic team confirmed that charred remains and ashes found at a dump contained the DNA of one of the students, Alexander Mora Venancio.

On behalf of Alexander and his fellow students, join us in calling for an end to corruption and violence in Mexico!

While horrific, this atrocity in Guerrero is not an isolated case—following the students’ disappearance, multiple mass hidden graves were found, and 375 more individuals have been named as disappeared in the same region. Upwards of 25,000 individuals have gone missing across Mexico since 2005, but endemic corruption, collusion, and a lack of political will have meant that authorities have largely failed to carry out searches and investigations into those who have disappeared.  Indifference and impunity for all of these disappearances must end. Protection of basic human rights must be restored for communities across Mexico to have the justice and peace they deserve.

Mexico is facing a human rights crisis.  Show your support and solidarity with all those striving for a more just and peaceful Mexico and share this image on facebook and twitter.

In solidarity,
Jenny, Emma, and Courtney

Latin America Working Group
2029 P Street NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036     Phone: (202) 546-7010     Email:
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