Dec 13, 2011

Movement for Peace and Justice seeks to expand cause internationally

Translated by MexicoBlog

CNNMéxico: The Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity is seeking to spread its cause internationally, Emilio Alvarez Icaza, a member of the movement, said in an interview.

... Recently, several members of the Movement have met with the Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States, the Department of State of the United States, with U.S. lawmakers and the U.S. ambassador to Mexico, and with European Union nations, according to Icaza. During these visits, he said, meetings have also been held with civil society organizations that have shown interest in the defense and care of victims of the fight against organized crime in Mexico.

... Álvarez Icaza said that the Movement is considering the possibility of organizing a caravan on U.S. soil. "In the United States people are dying for the same reasons that people are dying in Mexico and in the United States there are people interested in what happens in Mexico," he said. "It is important to us to work on this face to face partnership, which is part of the phenomenon of the globalization of the struggle for human dignity. Part of the problem comes from the United States, so part of the solution can come from there as well," he said.

... Álvarez Icaza said that the expansion of the cause abroad is part of a strategy of concrete actions that also includes the organization of victims nationwide, the demand for justice from the government and raising the awareness of the Mexican public. "Together, these four strategies seek to advance a process of consolidation of the movement in order that it may go forward on its path of mobilization" he said. Original in Spanish

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