Thursday, December 09, 2010
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS:
WRITE FOR FATHER SOLALINDE:
The following appeal is from Amnesty International Canada, and it concerns a priest who has been fighting for Central American immigrants in southern Mexico for some years. Because of this he has fallen afoul of both organized crime and the Mexican government ( are they always different ?). Amnesty is urging you to write the Mexican government to provide the proper protection to Father Solalidene, rather than aid in his persecution. Here's the appeal....
Father Solalinde threatened for protecting vulnerable migrants in Mexico
Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra gives his best to those who have the least, aiding and defending Central American migrants in southern Mexico’s Ciudad Ixtapec from criminals who exploit and abuse them.
Because of this work, gangs, officials and intolerant community members threaten Father Solalinde continuously. His life is at risk..
To protect the safety of Father Solalinde is to protect the hundreds of vulnerable migrant workers in Central America who seek his help and refuge.
Please sign our petition calling on Mexican authorities to provide adequate protection for Father Solalinde.
Father Alejandro Solalinde’s life work has been to provide a place of safety for migrants. He coordinates the Catholic Pastoral Care Centre for Migrants in Southwestern Mexico (Pastoral de Movilidad Humana Pacifico Sur del Episcopado Mexicano). The shelter was set up to provide assistance to migrants who get injured or need help.
Despite the constant intimidation, the authorities have done little to protect him, or to investigate the threats against him.
You can take action and learn more about his work and the grave situation facing migrant workers at Amnesty’s Individuals at Risk website.
Please click here to take action
Alex Neve, Secretary General
Amnesty International, Canadian Section
Amnesty International is urging you to send the following letter to the Mexican authorities.
Lic. José Francisco Blake Mora
Secretaría de Gobernación
México D.F., C.P.06600, MEXICO
I am writing to you out of my concern for the safety of Father Alejandro Solalinde in Ciudad Ixtepec, Mexico.
Because of Father Solalinde's work to protect vulnerable migrants, he and his team have been subjected to intimidation and death threats. He needs protection from the authorities to ensure he can continue his work securely.
I am requesting that you, as Secretary for the Interior:
* consult with Father Solalinde and his team to determine what protection they wish.
* provide safety measures as completely as possible so that Father Solalinde and his team can carry out their human rights work without fear.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this serious matter.