Moment of truth for Mexico in rights case


Twelve years after their arrests and imprisonment by Mexican soldiers, two Mexican anti-logging activists are waiting to see if their government will respect a historic ruling in their favor by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR). Last fall, the Costa Rica-based court of the Organization of American States ruled Mexico did not adequately investigate torture complaints made by Goldman Environmental Prize winner Rodolfo Montiel and Teodoro Cabrera. Mexican soldiers from the 35th Military Zone in Pizotla, Guerrero state, detained the pair for alleged drug and weapons violations in May 1999. Soldiers allegedly killed a third man, Salomé Sánchez, in the same incident. Montiel and Cabrera were active with the Campesino Environmentalist Organization of Petatlán and Coyuca de Catalán (OCESP), a group... [Log in to read more]

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