Support for our brother Pablo Lopez Alavez

Santa Lucia del Camino, Oaxaca, Mexico, March 16th, 2011

 

Sisters and brothers of the world,

We are again approaching your hearts and ask you to help us seek justice for our indigenous communities. Seven months have passed since our Zapotec brother Pablo López Alavez was kidnapped by hooded and armed men in the presence of his family (August 15, 2010). A day later, Pablo was imprisoned in the jail of Villa de Etla, under criminal file 102/2007, in which the crime of homicide is fabricated against him.

Pablo López Alavez is a member of San Isidro Aloapam, a Zapotec community of the Sierra Juárez, who has distinguished himself in defending the community forest against invasions by woodcutters of the municipality of San Miguel Aloapam, acting in complicity with state agencies.

One of the most blatant illustrations of the refusal of Oaxaca’s judicial authorities to do justice in this case is the fact that they rely on the testimony made by Flavio Mendez Santiago against Pablo. Flavio Mendez is 29th on the list of the most sought-after Mexican criminals and is an alleged leader and founder of the criminal group Los Zetas. Based on this and other grave irregularities, the Human Rights Commission of Oaxaca issued the recommendation CDDH/1191 / (06) / OAX/2010 on Pablo’s case, citing evidence of “violations of the human rights of [Pablo López Alavez].”

The family of Pablo López Alavez and the Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca “Ricardo Flores Magón” stand firm in defence of our brother. Today we call on you again, brothers and sisters, members of the Other Campaign, human rights advocates, environmentalists, men and women of good heart, to support us from your homes by sending letters (example below) by fax, mail, or e-mail and making phone calls to authorities.

For the reconstitution and free association of our peoples.

Popular Indigenous Council of Oaxaca “Ricardo Flores Magón” (CIPO RFM).

 

Please send letters to the following addresses:


Third District Court of Justice in Oaxaca.
Av. Juárez 709 2DO.
PISO Col. Centro.
Oaxaca, Mexico, 68000
Phone: (951) 515-3600 and (951) 518 5613
Fax: 515 6600

Presidente Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojosa,
felipe.calderon@presidencia.gob.mx

Dr. Raúl Plascencia Villanueva
President of the National Human Rights Commission
correo@cndh.org.mx

Lic. José Francisco Blake Mora
Secretary of Government
secretario@segob.gob.mx

Arturo Chávez Chávez
Attorney General of the Republic
ofproc@pgr.gob.mx

Gabino Cué Monteagudo
Governor of the State of Oaxaca
gobernador@oaxaca.gob.mx

Manuel de Jesús López López
Attorney General of the State of Oaxaca

contacto@pgjoaxaca.gob.mx

 

Example of letter. you can just paste it! (English translation below, but please send it in Spanish):

A quien corresponda,

 

Gracias a la campaña internacional de solidaridad impulsada por el CIPO-RFM y CIPO-VAN, me he enterado de la situación del Indígena Pablo López Alavéz, distinguido defensor del bosque de San Isidro Aloapam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Pablo está injustamente preso en la Villa de Etla, Oaxaca, acusado de un homicidio que no cometió. Los más alarmante, para acusar a un protector de la naturaleza se usa sin cuestionamiento alguno el testimonio de Flavio Mendez Santiago, quien ocupa el #29 en la lista de los 37 criminales más buscados en Mexico, por ser presunto lider y fundador del grupo criminal Los Zetas.

La averiguación previa 276(II)2007 a partir de la cual se dictó auto de formal prision a este ecologista el 18 de agosto de 2010, está llena de tantas irregularidades e inconsistencias que la Comision Estatal de Derechos Humanos emitió la recomendación CDDH/1191/(06)/OAX/2010 donde evidencia “la existencia de violaciones a los derechos humanos del quejoso y más aún, un agravio al interés de la sociedad”. Basados en la recomendación los abogados de Pablo presentaron el amparo (26/2011) y una queja ante la Contraloria de Transparencia Gubernamental para sancionar a los funcionarios corruptos que fabricaron los delitos. También se ha presentado la denuncia 116 (FCIE) 2010 a la Fiscalía de Control Interno y Evaluación, por abuso de autoridad de los ministerios públicos Francisco Reyes Corpus y Concepcion Matias Hernandez. Sin embargo el amparo se negó con el argumento que las recomendaciones de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos no son vinculatorias, es decir, aunque sean ciertas no están obligados a obedecerlas.

Es claro que los responsables de impartir justicia de manera imparcial no lo hacen en el caso de Pablo López Alavéz. Por el contrario, muestran respaldo pleno al testimonio de un reconocido criminal y sus complices de San Miguel Aloapam. Todo con la intención de quitar de en medio a los comuneros ecologistas de San Isidro; tal como intentaron hacerlo antes, cuando Pablo era parte de la autoridad de su comunidad, y fue encarcelado junto con 10 comuneros más por delitos inventados (exp.36/ 2000) (exp.123/2000), de los cuales todos salieron inocente despues de un largo proceso.

Ante esta situación, solicito a los organismos judiciales y al gobierno de Oaxaca y de Mexico que respeten las leyes y:

a) Respetando la recomendación de la Comisión de Derechos Humanos, liberen de inmediato al Zapoteco Pablo López Alavéz y cancelen todas las ordenes de apprehensión contra las y los comuneros de San Isidro Aloapam.

b) Castiguen a los violadorres de los derechos humanos de Pablo López Alavéz y la comunidad de San Isidro Aloapam, incluyendo a los ministerios publicos Francisco Reyes Corpus, Concepcion Matias Hernandez, la juez Lucero Hernandez Melchor. Asi como a Esteban Rodea (Semarnat) y Salvador Anta Fonseca (Conafor), por autorizar la destruccion del bosque a cambio de cantidades millonarias.

Con la esperanza de que ejerzan la justicia imparcialmente, agradeceré me mantenga informado del caso.


Atentamente,

 

English translation:

To Whom It May Concern

Thanks to the international solidarity campaign initiated by CIPO-RFM and CIPO-VAN, I have learned of the unjust imprisonment of Pablo López Alavéz, a distinguished defender of the forests of the community of San Isidro Aloapam, Oaxaca, Mexico. Pablo is being held prisoner in Villa de Etla for an alleged homicide. Among the alarming irregularities in the accusation against Pablo is that it rests on the testimony of Flavio Mendez Santiago, a presumed founder of the criminal group Los Zetas who occupies the 29th place on the list of the most wanted criminals in Mexico.

The preliminary investigation 276(II)2007 on the basis of which a formal order of imprisonment was issued against this environmentalist on 18 August 2010 is filled with irregularities, leading The Oaxacan State Commission for Human rights to publish its recommendation CDDH/1191/(06)/OAX2010, in which it deplores “the existence of violations of the human rights of the defendant, [constituting] a blow to the interest of society.”

It is evident that Pablo López Alavéz is being denied the impartial application of justice. His current imprisonment belongs to a longer history of judicial harassment, including a previous period of imprisonment shared by Pablo and other authorities of his community which ended when they were declared innocent of the trumped-up charges laid against them. The current violation of Pablo’s rights is once again linked to his defence of his community’s forests, which are being threatened by woodcutters from the neighboring municipality of San Miguel Aloapam, working in complicity with state agencies.

Given this situation, I ask of the judicial organisms and the state government of Oaxaca that they fully respect the law. I also ask that:

1) Following the recommendations of the Oaxacan Human Rights Commission, Pablo López Alavéz be put free immediately, and any existing orders of apprehension against members of the community San Isidro Aloapam be cancelled.

2) The violators of the human rights of Pablo López Alavéz and the community San Isidro Aloapam, including government and judicial authorities who have been fabricating charges and using spurious pretexts to keep Pablo imprisoned, be punished.

Sincerely,

 

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