CIDH Grants Precautionary Measures to Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno

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.


Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno’s house raided

Oaxaca, September 24, 2010

Urgent Action

Fear for the physical and psychological well-being of Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno and his family, freed last February after being imprisoned for 14 months accused of the murder of Brad Will.

Today, at approximately 10:30am, Mr. Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno left his home, together with his wife, in the municipality of Santa Cruz Xoxocotlan. At 2:30pm, they returned to their house and noticed that the door was open, and upon entering saw that all their belongings were out of place and that the lock on the door had been broken.


Action Alert for Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno

Friends of Brad Will Action Alert

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Please read, take action, and spread the word!

As you may know, on February 18, 2010, Juan Manuel Martínez Moreno – the Oaxacan social activist falsely accused of the 2006 murder of Indymedia reporter Brad Will – was released after 16 months in prison. This is an important victory, but Martínez Moreno, his family, and other activists remain at risk.

Since his release, Martínez Moreno and his family have been subjected to constant harassment. They have received death threats and the government-linked paramilitaries which eyewitnesses and photographic evidence tie to the murder of Brad Will have frequently been seen standing outside the Martínez Moreno home.


Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno is free!

February 18, 2010 – From Casa Chapulin – Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno, husband and father of three children, was released from prison for wrongfully being accused for the killing of Indymedia journalist Bradley Ronald Will. Will was shot on October 27, 2006 by paramilitary troops under the orders of governor Ulises Ruiz Ortiz while he was recording a mobilization in Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca during the 2006 APPO movement.

Amidst the clouds and rainy day, the Martinez Moreno family was greeted by community members, teachers, friends, and media. Family and friends marched from the prison to the Zocalo. Juan Manuel was imprisoned for approximately 16 months without any solid evidence or witnesses proving him guilty.

Media Repression

Latest developments in the 2006 murder of journalist Brad Will

by Jenka,

A Mexican judge has once again called for the release of human rights activist Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno. Moreno was charged with the murder of Indymedia journalist Brad Will in 2006, despite the fact that there was no evidence against him. On December 31, 2009, a Mexican judge recognized this lack of evidence, and ordered Moreno’s release within fifteen days.

Supporters of Juan Manuel Martinez Moreno say that he was framed for the murder because he is an activist who has pointed out corruption in the Mexican government. Several off-duty Mexican police who were caught on film shooting at Brad Will have not been charged with any crime. This past October, another judge ordered Moreno to be released due to lack of evidence, but the Mexican Attorney General’s office appealed the order. Moreno has been in jail for over a year, despite the fact that over one hundred eyewitnesses say that he was not present at the scene of Brad Will’s murder.