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Urgent Action: Escalating Paramilitary Violence in San Juan Copala, Oaxaca, as Caravan Prepares to Return

by Regional Human Rights Committee Bartolomé Carrasco Briseño A.C.

they fear us because we do not fear
they fear us because we do not fear

The following is an unofficial translation of an action alert posted today on Mexico Indymedia. There is a solidarity action in Vancouver at the Mexican Consulate (411- 177 West Hastings St), on Tuesday June 8 at 12 noon.

URGENT ACTION

*The climate of violence, harassment, and aggression towards the community of San Juan Copala continues. * The blockade is larger and there is constant gunfire. * Melitón Rodríguez Martínez injured.

After the unfortunate assassinations of Bety Cariño, Jiri Jaakkola, Timoteo Ramírez and Tleriberta Castro, and the arbitrary and illegal detention of 12 people for almost twelve hours, and just hours before the "Bety Cariño and Jiri Jaakkola" Caravan arrive, the following is taking place:

FACTS:

1. At dawn on Friday June 4 large rocks appeared in the highway to San Juan Copala, exactly at the Sabana Route. It is presumed that to place them heavy machinery was used, they were placed with the intention that they could not be moved.

2. Saturday, June 5 at 9:20pm a paramilitary group shot repeatedly at the community of San Juan Copala from five different positions, MELITÓN RODRÍGUEZ MARTÍNEZ, a 20 year old youth, was injured with four bullets in his leg. To this moment he has not been taken to hospital and he continues to be in grave danger.

3. Sunday, June 6 from 8:15pm onwards, paramilitaries shot at the community again, to this moment we do not have any information about the consequences of this last attack.

With the continued violent, bad faith aggression towards the community of San Juan Copala, and because of the grave risk which MELITÓN RODRÍGUEZ MARTÍNEZ and the people who live in the community are facing, as they are in serious danger, we are calling on supporters to urgently call on the government of the state of Oaxaca and the federal government to demand:

*URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION FOR MELITÓN RODRÍGUEZ MARTÍNEZ AND OTHER INHABITATNS WHO MAY BE INJURED. * AN IMMEDIATE STOP THE THE AGGRESSION, VIOLENCE AND GENERAL IMPUNITY AGAINST THE INHABITANTS OF THE AUTONOMOUS MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JUAN COPALA. * AN INVESTIGATION INTO THE PARAMILITARY GROUP CARRYING OUT THESE AGGRESSIONS. *DEMAND GUARANTEES OF SECURITY AND FREE PASSAGE SO THAT THE CARAVAN "BETY CARINO Y JIRI JAAKKOLA" CAN REALIZE ITS HUMANITARIAN MISSION ON TUESDAY, JUNE 8.

Write/Call Mexican government officials:

Lic. Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa

Presidente Constitucional de la República Mexicana

Residencia Oficial de los Pinos, Casa Miguel Alemán, Col. San Miguel Chapultepec, C.P. 11850, México DF. Tel: +52 55 27891100; Fax: +52 55 527 72 376. E-mail: felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx

Lic. Fernando Francisco Gómez-Mont Urueta

Secretario de Gobernación

Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez, Delegación Cuauhtémoc, México D.F., C.P. 06600, México, FAX +52 (55) 5093 34 14. E-mail: secretario@segob.gob.mx

Lic. Arturo Chávez Chávez

Procurador General de la República

Procuraduría General de la República, Paseo de la Reforma nº 211-213, Piso 16, Col. Cuauhtémoc, Del. Cuauhtémoc, México D.F., C.P. 06500, Fax: +52 55 53 46 09 08; + 52 55 27 89 11 13 (si responde una voz, digan: “tono de fax, por favor”), E-Mail: ofproc@pgr.gob.mx / wmaster@pgr.gob.mx.

Embajada de la República de Finlandia en México

S.E. Sra. Ulla Marianna Vaisto,

Embajadora Extraordinaria y Plenipotenciaria

Monte Pelvoux 111, piso 4, Lomas de Chaputlepec, 11000 México DF

Tel. +52 (55) 5540 6036 Fax +52 (55) 5540 0114 E-mail: finmex@prodigy.net.mx sanomat.mex@formin.fi

Embajada de la República Federal de Alemania en México

S.E. Sr. Roland Michael Wegener,

Embajador Extraordinario y Plenipotenciario

Horacio 1506, Col. Los Morales, 11530 México D.F.

Tel.+52 (55) 5283 2200 Fax +52 (55) 5281 2588 E-mail: info@mexi.diplo.de

Embajada del Reino de Bélgica en México

S.E. Sr. Boudewijn E. G. Dereymaeker,

Embajador Extraordinario y Plenipotenciario

Alfredo Musset 41, Col. Polanco, 11550 México DF

Tel. +52 (55) 5280 0758; fax +52 (55) 5280 0208 E-mail: mexico@diplobel.fed.be

Embajada de la República Italiana en México

S.E. Sr. Roberto Spinelli,

Embajador Extraordinario y Plenipotenciario

Paseo de las Palmas 1994, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, 11000 México DF

Tel. +52 (55) 5596 3655 Fax +52 (55) 5596 2472 y 5596 7710

E-mail: segreteria.messico@esteri.it

Lic. Ulises Ruiz Ortiz

Gobernador Constitucional del Estado de Oaxaca

E-mail: gobernador@oaxaca.gob.mx

Fax: (+52) 5020530

Lic. Ma. De la Luz Candelaria Chiñas

Procuradora General de Justicia del Estado de Oaxaca

Fax. 01951 5115174, 019515115121

E-mail: procuraduria7@oaxaca.gob.mx

Lic. Javier Rueda Vázquez

Secretario de Seguridad Pública del Estado de Oaxaca

Heroico Colegio Militar 317

Reforma, 68050 Oaxaca, 01 951 132 5748

Dr. Raúl Plascencia Villanueva

Presidente de la Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos

(55) 56 81 71 99, E-mail: correo@cndh.gob.mx

Dr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez

Titular de la Unidad para la Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos – SEGOB

Av. Paseo de la Reforma 99 Piso 19 Tabacalera, Cuauhtémoc, Distrito Federal, 06030, Tel: (55) 5551-28-00 Ext: 11863, E-mail: jguevara@segob.gob.mx

S.E. Sr. Juan José Gómez Camacho

Misión Permanente de México ante las Oficinas de Naciones Unidas en Ginebra

Fax +41 (22) 748 0708, E-mail: mission.mexico@ties.itu.int

S.E. Sra. Sandra Camila Fuentes-Berain Villenave

Embajadora de México ante las Comunidades Europeas y Observadora Permanente en el Consejo de Europa

Fax +32 2 644 08 19 Tel. +32 (2) 629 0777 E-mail: embamex@embamex.eu

Sr. Alberto Brunori

Representante en México de la Alta Comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos

Fax +52 (55) 5061 6358; E-mail: oacnudh@ohchr.org

Sr. Santiago Cantón

Secretario Ejecutivo de la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos

Fax +1 (202) 458 3992 E-mail: cidhoea@oas.org

Sra. Navanethem Pillay

Alta Comisionada de Naciones Unidas para los Derechos Humanos

Fax +41 22 917 9000 E-mail: civilsocietyunit@ohchr.org

Favor de marcar copia de sus escritos a:

Centro Regional de Derechos Humanos “Bartolomé Carrasco Briseño” A. C.

Mariano Azuela 203, Col. José Vasconcelos, C. P. 68120, Oaxaca México

Tel/Fax (01951) 51 4 16 34, E-Mail: barcadh09@gmail.com

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