Today Wednesday, February 22 at approximately 4:00pm, indigenous human rights defender and member of the Indigenous Peoples’ Assembly of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Defense of the Land and Territory, Bettina Cruz Velázquez, was arrested as she left a meeting with the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). There, she was accompanying and monitoring the case of a person who had been run over by CFE workers. A member of the Assembly and the Civil Resistance Movement, he has NOT paid his light bill in Santa María Xadani. She is being held in the city of Matias Romero, Oaxaca under federal charges. We demand the live presentation and immediate freedom for Bettina Cruz Velázquez.
We ask your solidarity in spreading the word about the case in all possible media, and we ask that you write to the following officials to demand the immediate freedom of Bettina Cruz Velázquez as well as the adoption of measures to guarantee her safety and physical integrity.
Dr. Alejandro Poiré Romero
Secretario de Gobernación
Bucareli 99, 1er. piso, Col. Juárez
México D.F., C.P.06600, México
Fax: +52 55 5093 3414
Dr. Raúl Plascencia Villanueva
Presidente dela Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos
Edificio “Héctor Fix Zamudio”, Blvd. Adolfo
López Mateos 1922, 6° piso, Col. Tlacopac San Ángel, Del. Álvaro Obregón, C.P. 01040, México, D.F.
Tels. y fax (55) 56 81 81 25 y 54 90 74 00
Lic. Omeheira López Reyna
Unidad para la Promoción y Defensa de los Derechos Humanos SEGOB.
Tel: +52 5551280000 Ext: 11875 o +52
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