November 18, 2010
The Interamerican Human Rights Commission (Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos – CIDH) announced on November 10, 2010 the granting of Precautionary Measures in favor of Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno and his family in order to protect their lives and personal integrity. The petition he presented this past March, due to constant acts of harassment, has therefore come to fruition. Let us remember here that the most recent act of aggression he suffered was the raiding of his house, whereupon various documents and personal affects were stolen (AU September 24).
Let us also remember that Sr. Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno, here with us today, was unjustly accused of the assassination of Roland Bradley Will for which he remained in prison 16 months, from which he was released once the federal justice granted a writ of amparo (lit. protection; similar to a writ of habeas corpus) due to a lack of evidence against him. His case being a clear example of criminalization of social protest, Sr. Martinez Moreno has received a constant show of solidarity from local, national, and international organizations, including the Center for International Law and Justice (Centro por la Justicia y el Derecho Internacional – CEJIL), which has also offered support during the petition procedures.