Drug War, Community Organizing and Human Rights
The Case of American Citizen Nestora Salgado, Jailed in Mexico
When: Feb 8, 2016 7pm (PST ), 9pm (CST- Mexico), 10pm (EST)
Bilingual Press Conference, click on your preferred language below:
José Luis Ávila (Nestora’s Husband)
Leonel Rivero (Nestora’s Lawyer in Mexico)
Dr. John M. Ackerman (Professor and Journalist)
Ruben Luengas (Mexican journalist based in Los Angeles)
Dra. Aida Hernández (Anthropologist, CIESAS )
Su Docekal (FreeNestora.org)
Manuel Revueltas (Jornada Por Nestora)
Nestora Salgado is a dual Mexican-American citizen who was unjustly jailed in Mexico for the last two years for performing actions in the line of duty as an elected police coordinator. She is a former resident of Seattle, WA and her husband and three daughters still live there. Her case is an example of the failed drug war policies between Mexico and US. This conference will give a review of the latest news in her case and will introduce the current US campaign for her liberation. This campaign is supported by more than 100 grassroots organizations around the country and Mexico.
Mexico has been experiencing social revolts since President Felipe Calderon aggressively escalated the “war on drugs” in Mexico on 2006 and now President Enrique Peña Nieto is facing consequences as social disrupts and the economical crisis of the country. International media has reported stories involving human rights violations as a result of these policies. The disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa, Mexico is just an example of the actuality and terror the population in Mexico is living. The case of Nestora Salgado exemplifies that these Human Rights Violations are reaching not only people living in Mexico, but NOW people living in the US as Nestora’s immediate family. Nestora and her family have received precautionary measures by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights due to ongoing threats.
Nestora Salgado is an indigenous leader and political prisoner in Mexico. She was seized without an arrest warrant by Mexican federal soldiers in August 2013, as a result of her leadership role in community policing against organized crime.
She was born in Olinalá Guerrero, México and returned to her hometown where she was elected Coordinator of the Community Police of Olinalá called CRAC-PC and was criminalized for carrying out actions associated with her line of duty. In this manner, the Mexican government took away from Olinala´s people the right of having their own jurisprudence which is protected by state law. During her detention she was subjected to torture and violations of her human rights.
Nestora Salgado has done a hunger strike to protest the mistreatment and violations not only of her own human rights but also the abuse that Mexicans civilians are subjected to by Mexican authorities. With clear damage to her health Nestora Salgado decides to continue fighting from prison so her case can be heard, in order to create a network of solidarity to support her and all civilians who are living in these circumstances of state violence. Currently, there are around 1,000 political prisoners in Mexico.
Seven UN human rights experts along with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and UN’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Geneva, Switzerland, have been calling Mexico to act immediately to protect her “life and physical integrity”. Nestora must be released and compensated for the human rights violations she is enduring. In this press conference,“Jornada por Nestora” US campaign will urge the US State Department and Congress to take a step forward by exerting diplomatic pressure to achieve her release.
For individual interviews with any of the panelists or media inquiries contact:
“Jornada Por Nestora” at: firstname.lastname@example.org
LINKS OF INTEREST:
UN Ruling on Nestora’s Case
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Journey For Nestora (English)