국제앰네스티는 멕시코 정부가 인권옹호가 라울 헤르난데스(Raúl Hernández)를 살해혐의로 기소하기로 결정한 것을 비난했다. 헤르난데스는 살해를 저지르지 않았으나, 검찰은 9일 본 사건을 진행하기로 결정했다.게레로(Guerrero) 주 법무부는 증거 자료가 조작되고 신뢰할 수 없음에도 불구하고 라울 헤르난데스에 대한 살해혐의를 인정했다. 본 사건의 담당 판사는 수일 내에 그의 유죄여부에 대해 판결을 내릴 예정이다.
국제앰네스티 케리 하워드(Kerrie Howard) 미주 부국장은 “라울 헤르난데스에 대한 조작된 살해혐의를 인정하는 것은 선주민 공동체의 일원이 선주민의 인권을 지키기 위해 일하는 것에 대한 멕시코 당국의 체계적인 탄압이다”라고 말했다.
국제앰네스티는 2008년 11월 라울 헤르난데스를 양심수로 지목한 이래로 그에 대한 캠페인을 계속해 왔다.
Decision to prosecute Mexican indigenous human rights defender condemned
9 August 2010
Amnesty International has condemned the Mexican authorities’ decision to pursue charges against human rights defender Raúl Hernández for a murder he did not commit, after a state prosecutor today decided to continue the case against him.
The State Attorney General’s Office of Guerrero upheld murder charges against Raúl Hernández, despite unreliable and fabricated evidence. The judge presiding over the case is expected to decide on his innocence or guilt within days. “The decision to pursue fabricated murder charges against Raúl Hernández is part of a systematic campaign by the Mexican authorities against members of this Indigenous community standing up in defence of their people’s human rights” said Kerrie Howard, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Americas Programme. Amnesty International has been campaigning for Raúl Hernández’s release since November 2008 when he was adopted as a Prisoner of Conscience. Raúl Hernández was wrongfully arrested and charged for the murder of Alejandro Feliciano Garcia on 1 January 2008 in the village of El Camalote, Guerrero State. However, eyewitness testimonies, stating that Raúl Hernández was not present at the time of the murder, were not taken into account. During the criminal enquiry, the judge carried out an investigation of the crime scene, which confirmed that the eyewitness evidence, claiming that Raúl Hernández was present at the time of the murder, is unreliable and unfounded. Amnesty International believes the case against Raúl Hernández has been brought by the authorities in reprisal for his legitimate activities promoting indigenous rights through the Me’phaa Indigenous Peoples Organisation (OPIM) and for exposing abuses committed by local political bosses, the military and the authorities. The southern state of Guerrero is home to about 116,000 Me’ phaa Indigenous People, and has one of the highest levels of marginalisation and some of the lowest indicators of human development in Mexico, according to local human rights organization Tlachinollan Centro de Derechos Humanos de la Montaña. OPIM was founded in 2002 to defend and promote the rights of the Me’ phaa Indigenous People. “Authorities have often misused the judicial system to punish those who promote respect for the rights of marginalized communities and dare to speak up about abuses. It is high time Raúl be released” said Kerrie Howard. Amnesty International has documented a pattern of harassment and intimidation against members of Indigenous rights organizations in Guerrero state, such as the OPIM over a number of years. Amnesty International activists all over the world have been campaigning for Raul’s immediate and unconditional release, so he can continue his work defending the rights of his community.