Urgent Action: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defender (USA: UA 69.19)

On 17 January 2018, US Border Patrol agents arrested Dr. Scott Warren, a 36-year old Human Rights Defender and humanitarian aid volunteer. The USA government is now prosecuting Dr. Warren for allegedly “harboring” two undocumented migrants by providing them with humanitarian aid in the desert town of Ajo, where he lives. He faces up to 20 years in prison, if convicted on all charges. The arrest came hours after the release of a report documenting the willful destruction by border agents of humanitarian aid supplies in the USA–Mexico border areas. His trial begins on 29 May 2019. Authorities should immediately drop all criminal charges against Dr. Warren for his vital humanitarian work.



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Mr. Michael Bailey
United States Attorney
District of Arizona
United States Courthouse
405 W. Congress Street, Suite 4800
Tucson, Arizona 85701
Email: [email protected]

Dear Mr. Bailey,

I am writing to urge you to immediately drop the charges against Dr. Scott Warren (case 4:18-cr-00223-RCC-DTF), which appear to constitute a politically motivated violation of his protected rights as a Human Rights Defender.

The volunteer activities of Dr. Warren and his associated organization No More Deaths provide vital humanitarian aid directed at upholding the right to life of migrants and preventing further deaths of migrants and asylum seekers in the Sonoran Desert.

Human Rights Defenders in humanitarian aid groups, faith-based communities, activist groups, and communities living in towns along the border, have provided assistance to these migrants for many years.

Criminal, civil and administrative laws should not be misused to target and harass human rights defenders working for the rights of migrants, asylum-seekers and refugees, or others whose lives and other human rights are at risk of violation.

States should ensure that human rights defenders and their organizations are able to carry out their work in a safe and enabling environment, free from fear of reprisals. Criminalizing the act of humanitarian aid and the most basic forms of human kindness, regardless of citizenship status, is an attack on human rights.

I call on you to immediately drop all the charges against Dr. Warren.

Yours sincerely,