Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: 4th Floor Rotunda Duluth,Library (L)
Presented by Francisco Cerezo, Founder, Mexican Human Rights Organization, Comité Cerezo
Militarization, fueled by US military aid and War on Drugs, has led to increased violence, political repression, and human rights violations in Mexico. The 2001 arrest of three Cerezo brothers for student activism provides one powerful example; they were incarcerated in federal prison for over seven years where they were physically and psychologically tortured. Over 900 individuals have been detained or persecuted for political reasons since 2000. Family members and allies, including brother Francisco Cerezo, formed Comite Cerezo to fight for their liberation. Since the Cerezo brothers’ release, the Comité has continued to promote and defend human rights of victims of political repression and is active in a national campaign to protect human rights’ defenders. Cerezo, will discuss the work of this organization to end human rights’ abuses in Mexico.
Co-sponsored by the UMD Office of Cultural Diversity & Witness for Peace, Upper Midwest Region.
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