UN to probe Oaxaca arrests

The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detentions announced in Geneva that it will review the arrests of followers of the Popular People’s Assembly of Oaxaca (APPO) in Mexico. On the eve of leaving for the Working Group’s session in Geneva, president of the Center for the Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples (CEDHAPI), Maurilio Santiago Reyes, told a press conference in Oaxaca City, “The UN will come to realize…that activists were detained arbitrarily, beaten and tortured physically and psychologically.” (La Jornada, Sept. 10) The state of Oaxaca has agreed to create a special fund to indemnify victims of torture and illegal arrest. The move was taken in response to Recommendation 15/2007 issued by Mexico’s National Human Rights Commission (CNDH). (La Jornada, Sept. 12)

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