Justice for Santiago Cruz – end impunity now!

Dear
Coordinamento Politiche Internazionali

Thank you for sending on the following message today:

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To the Honorable C. Felipe Calderon Hinojosa
President of The United States of Mexico

Dear President Calderon

On April 9, 2007, Santiago Rafael Cruz was bound with rope and beaten to death in the offices of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC, AFL-CIO), in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, where he worked as an organizer. There can be little doubt that this assassination was a blatant act of intimidation meant to stop the union from aiding farm laborers. The lack of progress in the investigation of this brutal crime is cause for grave concern.

In response to this assassination, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights granted protective measures to other members of FLOC, asking the Mexican State to ensure their safety and to vigorously investigate this murder.

I believe that Santiago Cruz’s murder represents the rising tide of violence and persecution of labor leaders in Latin America. It is essential that the Mexican authorities act decisively to bring the murderers, and the masterminds behind it, to justice. Such action would reaffirm Mexico’s commitment to justice in this case, and would also prevent new attacks against people seeking to exercise their internationally recognized right to improve their lives through labor organizing and collective bargaining. Failure to act sends the intolerable message that criminals may carry out unspeakable acts in Mexico with impunity, and invites the condemnation of the world.

Yours sincerely

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