Just days after returning from La Trinidad, Tlaxcala, where the meeting took place, we received the news that Elga Aguilar Gutiérrez--a human rights defender who participated in the name of the Mexico City-based Cerezo Committee--received a death threat, along with other members of the Committee.
Whoever wrote the threat included a menacing reference to Elga's son, Camilo, as "the one who doesn't know how to write". Camilo turned two years old the day the letter arrived.
The Cerezo Committee plays a key role in the defense of human rights in Mexico and legal reforms to create effective protection mechanisms, as detailed in the Urgent Action Alert below, translated by the Americas Program. We send Elga and her family and organization our full support. By standing together, we will not allow fear and intimidation to interfere with the vital work that the Cerezo Committee and the women human rights defenders carry out, or permit threats that jeopardize the safety of some of our bravest and most committed citizens.
Readers can add your names to the demands below by clicking on this link, set up by the Mexican human rights coalition "All rights for everyone" (Todos los derechos para todas y todos). It's in Spanish but only asks for your name (nombre) and email.
Death threats against human rights defenders of COMITÉ CEREZO MÉXICO (Cerezo Committee), ACUDDEH (granted precautionary measures by the Inter-American Human Rights Commission) and their families
- Take immediate appropriate measures to guarantee the security and physical and psychological integrity of Alejandro, Héctor, Antonio, Francisco and Emiliana Cerezo Contreras, and the other members of the Comité Cerezo México.
- Carry out an immediate, exhaustive and impartial investigation of the threat received, and ask that the results of that investigation are made public and that those found responsible fort these acts are tried in court.
- Assure the application of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, adopted by the UN General Assembly on Dec. 9, 1998, in particular that which refers to the protection of the right of all persons, individual or collective, to promote and bring about the protection and exercise of human rights and fundamental liberties on the national and international level (Art.1) and "guarantee protection [...] of all persons, individual or collective, from violence, threats, reprisals, discrimination, denial in fact or law, pressure or any other arbitrary action that results from the legitimate exercise of the rights mentioned in the present Declaration" (Art. 12.2);
- Generally, act in accordance with the international Pacts and Conventions on human rights signed and ratified by Mexico.