martes, 17 de julio de 2012

Activist leaves Chiapas after threats

The women's and native rights activist Margarita Martínez Martínez and her family left her home in San Cristóbal de las Casas in the southern state of Chiapas on 16 July, after receiving the latest of several threatening messages pertaining to her work, El Universal reported on 17 July, citing the Fray Bartolomé de las Casas Human Rights Center. The body observed that the government had failed to protect her in recent years in spite of repeated calls by rights groups including the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. Most recently she received a letter telling her to stop investigating policemen and officials involved in a 2009 raid against organized crime in the town of Comitán in Chiapas, which included a raid on her house. Rights bodies claimed the raid was a reprisal for her work on behalf of native rights in Chiapas. She was briefly kidnapped in 2010, after which her family moved from Comitán to San Cristóbal. Her case was documented by the rights group Amnesty International.